For more than 30 years, Curtin has been amassing comprehensive expertise in structural monitoring and protection, geotechnical engineering, concrete technology and construction management, with research relevant to the resources, automotive, biomedical, chemical processing, defence and maritime industries.
We continue to build on these long-standing research strengths – including in asset monitoring and corrosion control – and to attract expertise for new areas of innovation, such as sustainable engineering for low-energy design projects in the built environment.
Curtin has comprehensive expertise in the testing, monitoring and prevention of corrosion in all its forms. Our research is particularly relevant to the resources, automotive, biomedical, chemical processing, defence and maritime industries.
We’ve developed multifunctional prototype and testing protocols, in collaboration with Vinsi Partners and Curtin civil engineering and mechatronic engineering researchers, to monitor and assess environmental influences on chloride-induced degradation of reinforced concrete and to predict corrosion initiation and propagation, and concrete deterioration.
Monitoring and maintenance
Curtin’s Centre for Infrastructural Monitoring and Protection is involved in structural health monitoring, earthquake engineering, and blast and impact engineering. Expertise is applied to:
- methods of predicting structure behaviour, rehabilitation and strengthening
- devices for structural vibration control and mitigation
- lightweight, sustainable and high-strength materials
- structural health monitoring techniques.
Recent collaborations range from in-situ testing of Perth’s innovative Matagarup pedestrian suspension bridge for Main Roads Western Australia, to improving the structural performance of Midland Brick’s construction systems.
The Sustainable Engineering Group is delivering low-energy design projects that reduce the environmental impacts of production. Our researchers are investigating the use of incineration waste in construction materials; industrial symbiosis benefits in battery-related industries; and ways to make our cities feel cooler with enhanced material selection, shading and pavement design.
John Curtin Distinguished Professor Hong Hao
Structural dynamics, Earthquake engineering, Blast and impact engineering, Structural health monitoring.
Professor Mariano Iannuzzi
Age hardening, Coatings, Corrosion, Electrochemistry, Environmental cracking, Hydrogen, Hydrogen stress cracking, Materials science, Nickel alloys, Physical metallurgy, Pitting, Stress corrosion cracking.
Professor Michele John
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