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Ir. Dr. Charlie Sia Chin Voon

BEng (Hons) (KUiTTHO) , MEng, (UNIMAS), PhD (Kobe University, Japan)

Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science

Office No:+60 82 260 984
Fax No:+60 82 260 813
Room No: E327, Building E, FECS
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Ir. Dr. Charlie Sia received his BEng(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering (Material) from College University Technology Tun Hussein Onn, Malaysia in 2006 received his MEng in Mechanical Engineering from University Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia in 2009. Charlie Sia joined the School of Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology (Sarawak Campus) (SUTS) as a Lecturer in 2010. In October 2011, he continued his studies at Kobe University, Japan, and he was successfully received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Kobe University in 2014. After completing his doctorate, Dr. Charlie rejoined Swinburne in October 2014. His current research interests include fracture mechanics of composite materials, fire dynamics simulations, heat, ventilation and air conditioning optimization. He is a CEng member of IMechE. He and his university partners are actively exploring the development of interactive teaching approaches to improve the student learning experience. He currently teaches Structural Mechanics, Solid Mechanics and Machine Design at Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus.

Research Interests

  • Deformation of fibrous and textile structures;
  • Statistical analysis of natural fibers;
  • Fracture toughness on real size composite models;
  • Fire dynamic simulation;
  • Visual Molecular Dynamics;
  • Heating-Ventilation and Air-Conditioning

Professional Memberships

Chartered Engineer and Member, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK

PhD/Master by Research Opportunities

Potential research higher degree candidates are welcome to enquire about postgraduate opportunities in the areas listed above. Please e-mail for more information.

Research Grant

Title of Project: Assessing student competencies through flipped open-ended laboratory Learning & Teaching Grant 2021


  • V. Sia, J.S.Y Wong, S. K. Thangavelu, K. H. Chong, A. Joseph, “Weibull Strength Analysis of Pineapple Leaf Fiber.” Materials Science Forum, Vol. 1030, 2021, pp.45–52.
  • W. X. Ting, C. V. Sia, S. k. Thangavelu, K. H. Chong and A. Joseph, 2021. “Mode II fracture toughness of glass–epoxy laminated composites under various heating conditions and strain rates,” Materials Today: Proceedings, Vol. 47(15), 2021, pp. 4941-4944.
  • Y. Tan, K. H. Chong, S. K. Thangavelu and C. V. Sia, “Development of coir-fiber-reinforced nanocomposite for shell eco marathon vehicle body application,” Materials Today: Proceedings, Vol. 47(15), 2021, pp. 4950-4954.
  • K Thangavelu and S. F. Chow and C. V. Sia and K. H. Chong “Aeroelastic performance analysis of horizontal axis wind turbine (HAWT) swept,” Materials Today: Proceedings, Vol. 47(15), 2021, pp. 4965-4972.
  • Y Teh, S.K. Thangavelu, C.V. Sia, K.H. Chong, “Flutter analysis of wind turbine blade with carbon nanotube reinforced vinyl ester,” Materials Today: Proceedings, Vol. 47(15), 2021, pp. 4996-5003.
  • S N David Chua, W J Goh, S F Lim, A Joseph, Y B Oon and C V Sia, “Development of an Automatic Vehicular Heatstroke Detection System,” IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, Vol. 429(1), 2018.
  • S K Thangavelu, C Y Goh and C V Sia, “Design and Flow Simulation of Concentrator Augmented Wind Turbine,” IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, Vol. 501(1), 2018.
  • V. Sia, L Fernando, A Joseph and N S Chua, “Modified Weibull analysis on banana fiber strength prediction,” Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Sciences, 2018, Vol. 12, pp. 3461-3471.
  • V. Sia, Y. Nakai, D. Shiozawa, H, Ohtani,” Statistical analysis of the tensile strength of treated oil palm fiber by utilisation of Weibull distribution model,” Open Journal of Composite Materials, 2014, pp.72-77.
  • V. Sia, Y. Nakai, H. Tanaka, and D. Shiozawa, “Interfacial fracture toughness evaluation of poly(L- lactide acid)/ natural fiber composite by using double shear test method,” Open Journal of Composite Materials, 2014, Vol. 4, pp. 97-105.