Neville Fowkes

Dr, BSc PhD Qld

  • The University of Western Australia (M019), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 1.15, Mathematics Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth


  • 236 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
1992 …2018
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Personal profile


I am a mathematical modeller who works mainly on continuum mechanics problems arising out of industrial and scientific contexts. I have participated in more than 30 Maths in Industry Study Groups (MISGs) held in many different countries; Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, Portugal, UK, New Zealand, Australia, US, Canada, S Africa. These are industrial mathematics problem solving sessions. Companies I have worked with include Uncle Toby's, BHP, Hardie, CRA, ICI, DuPont, British Steel, BrewTech, Mouldflow, Age Developments, Unilever, LNEC, Petronas, SAB. I have helped initiate (and facilitate) MISG's in Indonesia, S. Africa and have assisted in the development of industrial mathematics graduate and undergraduate programs in Portugal, China, Indonesia, Laos and Thailand. I have authored a text on mathematical modelling based largely on problems arising out of my industrial mathematics experiences. This book has been used in industrial mathematics courses in Australia, SE Asia, Europe and possibly elsewhere.

Funding overview

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, (Portugal)
Pacific Industrial Mathematics Society (Canada) and AMSI
QUE Project Indonesia
National Research Council Pretoria South Africa
Anglo-American Chairman’s Fund
IDP Australia
TICAM Univ of Texas in Austin
Foundation for Research Sciences and Technology New Zealand
Professor Ian Dadour, Dr Neville Fowkes 2004, 'Modelling Temperature Variations in Stationary Vehicles with Forensic Applications.', UWA Research Grants Scheme, Funds Approved: $12,000.00. RFCD:

Industrial relevance

Much of my research is industrially related

International Education

I have helped set up undergraduate and graduate mathematics programs in Laos, Portugal, Indonesia, Thailand. I have run graduate research workshops in Canada, S Africa, Indonesia, Laos.


Crack propagation
Mining tunnel collapse
Concrete behaviour models
The mooring of large ships
Groundwater flow
Microwave propagation over the Earth
Enzyme kinetics; malting
Cancer research
Boundary tracing
Temperature rise in parked cars


  • Applied mathematical methods
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Industrial mathematics
  • Mathematical biology
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Solid mechanics

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tracing Physics & Astronomy
Tracing Mathematics
Mooring Engineering & Materials Science
Concretes Engineering & Materials Science
Partial differential equations Engineering & Materials Science
partial differential equations Physics & Astronomy
Nonlinear Model Mathematics
Laplace Mathematics

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Research Output 1992 2018

2 Citations (Scopus)

Fault detection in vibration systems: Identifying damaged moorings

Begg, S. E., Fowkes, N., Stemler, T. & Cheng, L., 15 Sep 2018, In : Ocean Engineering. 164, p. 577-589 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fault detection
Modal analysis
2 Citations (Scopus)
155 Downloads (Pure)

Description of ionophore-doped membranes with a blocked interface

Sanders, T. M., Myers, M., Asadnia, M. J., Umana-Membreno, G. A., Baker, M. V., Fowkes, N. D., Parish, G. & Nener, B. D., 1 Oct 2017, In : Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical. 250, p. 499-508 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Field effect transistors

Hard to boil massecuite

Fowkes, N., Hennessy, M. G., Moyles, I., Thomson, S., Fareo, G. & Atherfold, J., 2017, Proceedings of the Mathematics in Industry Study Group. Mason, D. P. (ed.). South Africa: University of Witwatersrand, p. 30-53 24 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

sugar cane
wet season


Fowkes, N., Durkin, S. & Bassom, A. P., Jul 2017, In : Anziam Journal. 59, 1, p. 35-50 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Innovative Approach to Open Pit Edge Protection

Durkin, S., Fowkes, N., Redwood, N. & Bassom, A., 2016, Ninth AusIMM Open Pit Operators' Conference 2016 Proceedings. Goodz, M. (ed.). AusIMM The Minerals Institute, p. 138-149 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper


Projects 2005 2011

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Consultancy/collaboration

Calibration of laser trackers for a robot arm

Du Huynh (Consultant), Neville Fowkes (Consultant)
Oct 2018Jan 2019

Activity: Consultancy/industry and government engagementConsultancy/collaboration