Structural engineering and materials for civil infrastructure

Whether you intend to work in research or industry, a higher degree by research can give you a competitive edge throughout your career. Find out more about studying a Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.

Workers in hardhats looking at plans on-site

Our researchers are particularly focused on developing: 

  • high-performance, environmentally sustainable construction materials, and their associated design standards
  • more efficient and resilient structural forms for civil and military infrastructure
  • innovative approaches to strengthening existing structures.

Ensuring the safety and serviceability of structures under all levels of load is a key objective. We also devise and test novel techniques for modelling these complex materials and structural systems with greater accuracy.

Our Structural Engineering and Materials for Civil Infrastructure research directly benefits the construction industry. This includes in areas such as: 

  • structural design, assessment and monitoring
  • structural retrofitting
  • seismic assessment
  • materials development.

The computational mechanics underpinning our modelling techniques is also highly applicable to many other industries, including: 

  • defence
  • mining
  • oil and gas
  • marine
  • aerospace
  • technical software.
  • Research Impact

    Our Structural Engineering and Materials for Civil Infrastructure researchers are driven by industry needs. Among our highest priorities are:

    • strengthening existing buildings that don’t meet building code requirements and pose significant safety hazards to the public
    • limiting the construction industry’s environmental impact
    • deepening material-failure understanding
    • evaluating full-scale civil structures using smart sensing technologies
    • assessing component and whole-structure integrity and service-life
    • predicting structures’ and materials’ linear and non-linear response to usual and extreme loads
    • modelling and fabricating multifunctional structural panels—sandwich, stiffened and other forms—made of steel, concrete, lightweight fibre-reinforced composite, and other materials.

    Our research outputs are regularly embraced and applied in both the public and private sectors. Some prominent examples include:

  • Consulting Services

    We advise on, and lead, projects relating to:

    • component strength and serviceability laboratory testing
    • structural integrity assessment
    • masonry buildings’ seismic strengthening
    • full-scale structures’ non-destructive testing and evaluation.
  • Our researchers

    We have expertise across a wide range of areas. Many of our researchers are available to assist with research project supervision for Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy students.

    Research team Expertise
    Professor Scott Smith  
    Dr Han Fang  
    Associate Professor John Culton  
    Professor Michael Griffith Earthquake engineering; Masonry structures; Structural dynamics
    Associate Professor Abdul Hamid Sheikh Finite element modelling; Composite structures; Failure analysis
    Associate Professor Giang Nguyen Damage and fracture of materials (metals, concrete, composites, soils, rocks); Constitutive modelling; Computational mechanics
    Associate Professor (Alex) Ching-Tai Ng Non-destructive testing and evaluation; Structural health monitoring; Vibration testing
    Dr Mohamed Ali Sadakkathulla Retrofitting and rehabilitation; Concrete structures and technology; Bridge engineering
    Dr Terry Bennett Computational mechanics; Structural integrity; Porous media
    Dr Phillip Visintin Concrete and masonry structures; Sustainable and high performance cementitious materials; Analytics and design
    Dr Jaroslav Vaculik Earthquake engineering; Unreinforced masonry; Structural strengthening by composites
    Professor Deric Oehlers Reinforced concrete structures; Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) retrofitting; Structural design
    Professor Robert F Warner

    Reinforced concrete structures; Prestressed concrete structures; Structural design

    To enquire about consulting or working with us on a research project, please contact:

     

Higher Degrees by Research

Whether you intend to work in research or industry, a higher degree by research can give you a competitive edge throughout your career. Find out more about studying a Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.

Higher Degrees by Research