The Structural Research and Testing Laboratory

Available services of the Structural Research and Testing Laboratory include both static and dynamic testing of materials, structural components and assemblies at the research laboratory or on site.

Structural Testing facilities and scope include:

  • Multi-purpose structural testing facility for testing specimens and assemblies up to 4m high at:
    - 10,000kN (1000 tonne) static compressive load;
    - Simultaneous 1000kN lateral fluctuating load at 3 Hz;
    - Simultaneous loading with dual actuators at 500kN tilting load, each at 3Hz synchronous or asynchronous loading.

Strong Floor

Strong Floor 8m x 16m and associated Testing Rigs 

  • Loading frames up to 5000kN (500 tonnes). These frames are complemented by multi-configurable strong floor of 16m x 8m with numerous actuators ranging from 150kN to 2000kN.
  • Impact testing of materials using Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar system for specimen sizes 16mm and 80mm.
  • Morris Heckenburg Research Furnace for testing structural specimens at 2000kN compressive load at temperatures up to 800 degrees centigrade.
  • Testing for dynamic characteristics of structures, concrete floors, buildings, assemblies, modal analysis for structures and assemblies.

The research and industry consultation projects are served with state of the art instrumentation and data acquisition systems backed by a CPU/GPU based High Performing Computer cluster with computational power of 2060 GigaFLOPS (One GigaFLOP is equivalent to one billion (109) floating-point operations per second).


Hongshan 1000 tonne multipurpose testing machine

Sensor Technology Facilities for Infrastructure Health Monitoring

The Infrastructure Health Monitoring Laboratory at CIE was established in March 2013. The Laboratory has been equipped with modern sensor technology systems and setup for microwave material characterization, nondestructive testing and evaluation of composite structures (i.e., local structural health monitoring), and the development of new sensors and antennas.

Sensor Technology facilities and scope include:

  • A novel microwave imaging system that integrates the Agilent performance network analyzer (PNA) operating from 100 MHz – 50 GHz and an automated scan mechanism to generate images of composite materials and structures for the purpose of nondestructive evaluation of their integrity.

Automated Scan Mechanism

An automated scan mechanism for the microwave imaging system

  • A material characterisation system providing the determination of dielectric property of materials including construction materials such as cement-based materials at several stages of their life and their ingredients using Agilent PNA, microwave sensors and antennas, and commercial and custom-made software.
  • A sensor and antenna measurement setup for testing existing and novel microwave sensors and antennas for material characterization and structural health monitoring. This setup includes the Agilent PNA and Agilent signal analyser operating up to 40 GHz.

Material Characterisation

A material characterisation system and a sensor/antenna measurement setup

  • A piezoelectric-based sensor setup for material characterization in the frame of collaborative work with the Smart Materials and Structures Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston, USA.

Piezoelectric-based sensor

Piezoelectric-based sensor setup

Please direct any academic or consulting enquiries to:

Professor Hamid Ronagh

Phone: +61 2 4736 0428

Mobile: +61 (0) 410 637 417

Email: h.ronagh@westernsydney.edu.au

Please direct any technical enquiries to:

Mr Robert Marshall

Phone: +61 2 4736 0304

Email: r.marshall@westernsydney.edu.au