Structural integrity and safety

Structural Integrity and Safety

At Monash:

Our researchers use state of the art methods to analyse the structural integrity of complex infrastructure. The development of piezo-electric and fibre-optic sensors by Monash researchers for example, enables more accurate integrity monitoring than ever before. Such innovations enable in situ structural health monitoring and fracture and fatigue assessment.

Monash has also pioneered the creation of unique composite tooling and repair technology for civil and military structures. In collaboration with the United States Air Force, researchers have developed an exclusive biaxial test rig to assess the impact damage of composite aircraft structural components.

Other exciting areas include:

  • Finite element modelling, bio-mechanical and bio-medical engineering, thermo-mechanical analysis of forming processes, microstructure-property relationships of light alloys and composites, computational mechanics
  • In-situ structural health monitoring, structural integrity monitoring and assessment, mechanical and materials testing, vibration analysis, mechanics of advanced materials and structures, contact mechanics and wear study
  • Fracture and fatigue mechanics, welding, welding defects, thermal transients, crack initiation and propagation under different creep and fatigue loading
  • Experimental and computational structural mechanics, aircraft structures, plasticity, advanced composite structures, bonded structures, repair technology and aging structures
  • Environmental and numerical work in adhevisely bonded joints, mechanical behaviour of metals and composites, fracture mechanics, smart structures and sensors
  • High-speed spindle design, vibration-based fatigue damage
  • Life cycle assessment and integrity of industrial equipment