Commercial Testing Services

The Faculty of Sciences, Engineering, and Technology provides comprehensive, high-quality commercial engineering testing services to government and industry.

Introducing EngTest

For over 20 years, our EngTest team has provided government and industry full commercial access to the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences’ world-class engineering facilities and technical expertise. 

The team can conduct comprehensive engineering laboratory and field testing services to nominated national standards, or design a bespoke solution specific to your needs.

EngTest delivers highly accurate results in which clients can have complete confidence. All EngTest jobs are run by dedicated engineers with significant industry experience, and a deep understanding of commercial realities.

Our commercial testing services

We provide a range of services, from structural and earthquake testing to aerodynamics, acoustics and vibration.

  • Structural testing

    • Structural testing to AS 1170
    • Full-scale load testing and monitoring for buildings, bridges and retaining structures
    • Full-scale airbag and hydraulic-ram structural testing
    • Strong floor, reaction blocks and Instron servo-controlled actuators for full-scale prototype testing
    • Masonry and concrete Schmidt hammer surveys and materials testing
  • Materials and components

    • Cracking and corrosion
    • Full-field strain measurement by digital image correlation
    • NATA-calibrated load testing machines with load ranges between 1 kN and 5000 kN
    • Compression, shear, flexural and tension testing
    • Concrete testing to AS 1012
    • Masonry testing to AS 4456
    • Dynamic, cyclic, creep and fatigue testing
    • Machine component integrity and durability
    • Microscopy and metallurgy
    • Weld-failure investigations
  • Shake-table and earthquake testing

    • Earthquake simulations by mechanical plant shake-table testing
    • Fixed and portable shakers for shock and vibration testing
    • High-velocity linear actuators for impact testing
    • Uniaxial shake-table testing for equipment weighing up to 2 T, with dimensions up to 2 m3
    • Six-degrees-of-freedom ‘Hexapod’ for kinematic and multi-directional load testing
    • Hi-speed ram driven by linear servo motor
    • Fixed and portable shakers
    • Testing to AC 156 and AS 60068.3.3
  • Instrumentation and monitoring

    • Long-term geotechnical and structural monitoring
    • Train ride-quality testing to AS 7509 to assess safety, stability and driver or passenger comfort
    • Structural instrumentation, monitoring and data analysis
    • Electrical continuity testing
    • Train ride-quality indexing for locomotives and wagons to AS 7509
    • Control and data acquisition system design
  • Geotechnical and mining

    • Geotechnical testing to AS 1289
    • Triaxial, direct shear and oedometer testing
    • Total and matric suction
    • SWCC
    • Hydraulic conductivity
    • Field testing, including seismic DMT and SASW
    • Retaining structure inclinometer measurement
    • Rock in situ stress measurement by acoustic emissions and deformation rate analysis
    • Structural forensic investigation, subject to foundation movements
  • Wind tunnels

    • South Australia’s only industrial-scale wind tunnel 
    • Anechoic wind tunnel provides a low-turbulence-intensity flow into our anechoic chamber
    • KC wind tunnel provides a low-speed open return tunnel with a modular design and multiple contraction and test sections
  • Acoustics and vibration

    • Airborne sound insulation testing in reverberation rooms (random incidence sound transmission loss) to AS 1191 / ISO 140 / ISO 10140
    • Normal incidence transmission loss testing (in an impedance tube) to ASTM E2611
    • Random incidence sound absorption testing (in a reverberation room) to AS ISO 354 
    • Normal incidence sound absorption testing (in an impedance tube) to ASTM E1050 and ISO 10534-2
    • Static airflow resistance testing for porous materials to ASTM C522-03 and ISO 9053
    • Porosity and Density measurements of porous media (based on ISO 4590)
    • Sound power testing in a laboratory reverberation room (both direct and comparison methods) to ISO 3741
    • Sound power testing using sound pressure in anechoic and hemi-anechoic rooms to ISO 3745
    • Sound power testing using sound intensity to ISO 9614
    • Noise monitoring and control.
  • Hydraulics

    • Pipe condition assessment by water hammer analysis
    • Capture-efficiency analysis and reporting for storm water filtration devices
    • Flume and weir testing
  • Bespoke testing

    • Test procedures and equipment design to meet client requirements
    • In-house fabrication and instrumentation workshops

Contact us

Please contact us to outline your needs and the team will be in touch as soon as possible to arrange a detailed discussion.