Resilient Structures

Fire Resilience Infrastructure, Assets and Safety Advancements (FRIASA)

A new Australian Research Council (ARC) research hub that will focus on cutting edge public research on future fire risks that can affect critical infrastructure in Australia has been established at the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Professor Guan Yeoh, Director at the Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre in Fire Retardant Materials and Safety Technologies and Professor at the School will lead the hub with key academic partners from 5 Australian universities, 14 industry partners and 15 peak bodies to help increase the impact of the hub.

Resilient and Intelligent Infrastructure Systems (RIIS)

RIIS is an industry and ARC funded research and innovation hub for smart infrastructure. It engages with industry, government, and the community to develop and implement science-based policy and integrated practical solutions to the current and future challenges facing Australia’s urban, resource and energy infrastructure.

Structural Performance of Permanent Formwork Systems

CIE is evaluating the structural performance of permanent formwork systems by the names of AFS-Logicwall and AFS-Rediwall. The aim of this research is to examine the performance of AFS panels by means of experimental laboratory tests and numerical simulations.

Estimating Corrosion Rate of Steel Elements in Transmission Towers

Corrosion is a serious issue causing damage in power transmission towers of steel that can cause outages and other issues. Despite initial galvanization, periodic repainting and usage of weathering steels, corrosion is experienced in in transmission towers. This pilot project aims to develop a scientific based approach for prediction of corrosion in steel members of transmission towers owned by Endeavour Energy (the client) in order to support any repair and maintenance plan.

New ARC Research Hub will develop solutions to the ongoing fire crisis in Australia

A whooping $1.1 trillion was lost to property damage in the petrochemical and refinery industries between 2016 and 2017 alone. The catastrophic bushfires that plagued the nation between 2019 and 2020 caused an estimated damage of $110 billion, burned 19 million hectares, destroyed 3,094 homes, and killed an estimated 1.2 billion animals.

ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Project to build National Facility for Physical Fire Simulation

This LIEF proposal aims to establish a ground-breaking national facility for physical fire simulation (NFPFS) that will extend and upgrade existing research capacity in Australia to become world-leading. The facility will open new research possibilities and collaborations on the fire resistance of structures and infrastructure, from individual components (e.g. columns, beams) to structural assemblies (e.g. joints, frames). The NFPFS will unite researchers in their endeavours to conduct high-quality research in fire-related disciplines from all Australian mainland states; enhance collaboration with industries and government agencies; and provide research, training and education for this critically important area to the country.