Materials and Performance

IRT drives key research in materials and material performance, which has a range of applications to varied industry needs.  

Monash University is developing novel materials for construction including high performance concrete and steels, nano-materials for reinforcement and for corrosion control.  Monash has exceptional facilities for materials characterisation and structural testing, including a wind tunnel, and leading expertise in analysis of fractures and fatigue.

Monash is also researching emerging technologies for building and managing structures such as 3D printing of concrete, modular construction, sensor networks for infrastructure monitoring, and robots and remotely piloted aircraft systems for asset inspection.

Areas include:

  • Mechanical behaviours of advanced materials, biomechanics, fracture, fatigue and wear;
  • Solid mechanics to deal with the deformation and failure of materials and structures;
  • Rail/wheel contact mechanics-carried out many three-dimensional -wheel-rail contact simulations;
  • Plastic Ratcheting and Rolling Contact Fatigue of Rails;
  • Plastic deformation and failure of high strength rail steels in heavy haul transportation of mineral products;
  • Development of a new rail maintenance technology by using laser cladding;
  • Rail/wheel interface, wear, and rolling contact fatigue;
  • Physical Metallurgy, Mechanical Metallurgy, Modelling and Simulation of Materials, Steel, Aluminium alloys, 3D Metal printing;
  • Micro structure, welding (cracking of welds) and corrosion and combined effect of corrosion and mechanical loading (i.e., fatigue loading);
  • Nanomechanics and nanocomposites, smart materials and structures, sensors and actuators, structural health monitoring, hydrodynamics and very large floating structures (VLFS);
  • Formation Modelling (ballast);
  • Subgrade and formation levels (reactive soils) and treatment of reactive soils with additives;
  • Measurement of formation properties, behaviours (GPR and other sensors);
  • Corrosion of metals (buried metal corrosions, concrete structure buried underground); and
  • Ground Penetration Radar (GPR).