The secret life of concrete, revealed

To assess human health and internal organs doctors routinely conduct diagnostic testing such as ultrasounds and x-rays. In a similar way, non-destructive testing (NDT) is conducted to assess the structural health of infrastructure such as bridges, tunnels and airports. The alternative, destructive testing – i.e. loading to breaking point – can be employed to assess […]

Using non-destructive testing to monitor concrete infrastructure

Between the moments when concrete starts to degrade and when the degradation becomes visible, the cost of repairs increases enormously. Our researchers, led by Dr Massoud Sofi, a research fellow at the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne, have developed a diagnostic testing method capable of determining the state and rate of degradation in […]

Using fibre optic sensors to monitor potential infrastructure failure

Dr Leslie Wong of Monash University explains his Australia-Indonesia Centre Infrastructure research. The AIC team, led by Professor Jayantha Kodikara of Monash University, with the support of Dr Hera Widyastuti of Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, is using fibre optic sensors to more efficiently monitor various potential failures in large-scale infrastructure such as bridges, tunnels, dams, […]

Radar-in-a-suitcase makes bridges safer

Assessing ageing bridges just got safer and easier, thanks to a high-tech radar device that fits inside a suitcase. Developed by Dr Lihai Zhang of The University of Melbourne as part of a collaborative research project supported by The Australia-Indonesia Centre, the IBIS-S radar technology can scan a bridge in 15 minutes from a kilometre […]

Putting a window and lasers in a ship’s hull

Every shipping manager wages an endless battle against fouling – the bacteria, seaweed, barnacles and other marine life that take residence on the hull of ships. This biofouling is thought to add more than 20 per cent to the fuel costs of commercial shipping. That’s a big cost for the maritime trading nations of Australia […]