Mary Budgen attended our school in 1950.
She attended Melbourne University where she gained her Bachelor of Science
in 1958 and her Master of Science in 1961. She gained her Doctor of Philosophy
at Monash University in 1976.
Mary has been a tutor at the University Women's College and a Research Assistant
with Rolls Royce in England. At Monash University in Melbourne she has been
a demonstrator and tutor, a senior tutor, a lecturer in the Department of Materials
Engineering, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Materials Engineering and
Sub-Dean of the Faculty of Engineering.
Mary's main areas of interest in research are:
- Investigations into the resistance of refractories to slag and metal attack
during the smelting and refining of metals. This work was carried out in collaboration
with Dr. W. Denholm, CSIRO, Division of Mineral Engineering, Clayton, and
involves the experimental investigations of the reactions between lead smelting
slags on direct bonded magnesia-chrome refractories that have been used in
pilot plant studies in the SIROSMELT process.
- Lead-acid storage batteries. A study is being made of the effects of bismuth
impurities in lead used in the positive plate grids of large stationary lead-acid
storage batteries. The work is funded by Telecom (Aust) Research Contract,and
was completed in March 1987. A Monash Special Research Award was received
in 1986 in order to extend this investigation to determine the effects of
higher bismuth levels on the electrochemical behaviour of lead-bismuth alloys.
- The structure and the effects of dopant oxides on the metastable phases
of ultrafine alumina powders produced by high temperature reactions in oxy-acetylene
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