Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Dynamics & vibration
  • Transportation distribution hazards
  • Condition monitoring
  • Protective packaging mechanical characterisation

Available to supervise research students

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About Matthew Lamb

Dr Matthew Lamb has worked at Victoria University since 2012.

He is an expert in the field of mechanical vibrations and continuous condition assessment.

His PhD focused on monitoring the structural integrity of protective packaging systems using both frequency domain techniques and adaptive digital filters.  

Currently, Dr Lamb’s research focus on the minimisation of packaging waste through the mechanical characterisation of protective cushioning materials and developing a better understanding of the hazards which exist in the distribution environment.

This research includes the characterisation of environmental alternatives to petrochemical based polymers and the publication of findings that will lead to improved simulation (laboratory testing) of the distribution environment.

Selected research highlights

2017 visit to Belgium: Dr Lamb was invited to the Department of Theoretical Mechanics, Dynamics and Vibrations group at Université de Mons (Belgium).

IAPRI 2015: Acted as session chair for the Distribution Packaging session of the 27th IAPRI Symposium (world packaging symposium) held in Valencia, Spain.

2014 IAPRI World Conference: Victoria University hosted the 19th IAPRI World Conference on Packaging. Dr Lamb was a member of the organising committee and was also responsible for reviewing a number of abstracts and full papers. The conference was attended by 140 delegates from 25 countries and included 105 scientific papers.

2012 Researcher Development Grant Scheme: Awarded $29,150 to fund his research for 2013.


  • PhD, Victoria University, Australia, 2011
  • BEng (Hons), Victoria University, Australia, 2007

Key publications

Year Citation
2021 Lamb, M. J., & Rouillard, V. (211001). Synthesizing dual-track road elevation data. Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics, 66

doi: 10.1016/j.probengmech.2021.103168

2021 Lamb, M. J., & Rouillard, V. (210901). On the parameters that influence road vehicles vibration levels. Packaging Technology and Science, 34(9), (525-540).

doi: 10.1002/pts.2592

2021 Rouillard, V., Lamb, M. J., Lepine, J., Long, M., & Ainalis, D. (210601). The case for reviewing laboratory-based road transport simulations for packaging optimisation. Packaging Technology and Science, 34(6), (339-351).

doi: 10.1002/pts.2563

2020 Rouillard, V., & Lamb, M. J. (200701). Using the Weibull distribution to characterise road transport vibration levels. Packaging Technology and Science, 33(7), (255-266).

doi: 10.1002/pts.2503

2020 Lamb, M. J., & Rouillard, V. (200601). Nonstationary coherence characteristics of dual track road profile data. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 140

doi: 10.1016/j.ymssp.2020.106721

2016 Lamb, M. J., & Rouillard, V. (160501). A comparative numerical study between the adaptive finite-impulse-response and Fourier transform techniques to monitor structural integrity. International Journal of Damage Mechanics, 25(4), (449-467).

doi: 10.1177/1056789515604371

2015 Lamb, M. J., & Rouillard, V. (150508). An Adaptive, Multi-Resolution, Modal Parameter Extraction Technique. Experimental Mechanics,

doi: 10.1007/s11340-015-0034-0

2015 Lamb, M. J., & Parker, A. J. (150101). Estimation of the dynamic properties of non-linear packaging materials using a reverse multiple input/single output based approach. Packaging Technology and Science, 28(1), (31-45).

doi: 10.1002/pts.2084

2014 Lamb, M. J., & Rouillard, V. (140101). Determining the progression of damage in materials subjected to sustained random loads using an adaptive finite impulse response approach. Strain, 50(4), (334-346).

doi: 10.1111/str.12096

2012 Lamb, M. J., Rouillard, V., & Sek, M. A. (120101). Monitoring the evolution of damage in packaging systems under sustained random loads. Packaging Technology and Science, 25(1), (39-51).

doi: 10.1002/pts.957

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Monitoring aeolian vibrations on road structures (Phase 2)
From: Transurban Limited
Other investigators: Prof Vincent Rouillard
For period: 2022-2022
Not disclosed

Sustainable Packaging Solutions
From: Victorian Higher Education Strategic Investment Fund
Other investigators: Prof Vincent Rouillard, Dr John Symons, Dr Marlene Cran
For period: 2021-2022
Monitoring aeolian vibrations on road structures
From: Transurban Limited
Other investigators: Prof Vincent Rouillard
For period: 2021-2021
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Not available for media queries

Teaching activities & experience

Since 2005, Dr Lamb has taught units (subjects) from pathway level through to final year tertiary level engineering units. 

He currently teaches:

  • Mechanical Engineering Design (second year)
  • Advanced Engineering Design (final year)
  • Dynamics (second year)
  • Third year Stress Analysis (Finite Element Analysis using Ansys) and Engineering Analysis (frequency domain analysis using Matlab).

Selected teaching and service highlights

MotorEx 2018: The VU Motorsport designed (led by Dr Lamb) Clements Motorsport Sports Sedan was put on display at Australia’s largest and most prestigious car show.

2014 Student Study Tour: Dr Lamb led a three-week student study tour to Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom.

2013 Formula SAE: Dr Lamb led the VU Motorsport team to the four day Formula SAE competition.

2012 OptimumG Seminar (3 day): Dr Lamb arranged for VU to host an international seminar focusing on vehicle suspension systems design

To develop his teaching further, he undertook (and completed) a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education from 2012-2014. This included a major study on the use of enquiry based learning (specifically the use of PBL in conceptually challenging units in engineering) and another on supervising postgraduate research.


Details of this Researcher's career are currently unavailable.