ARC Research Hub for Nanoscience-based Construction Material Manufacturing

The ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Nanoscience based Construction Material Manufacturing (Nanocomm) is a multidisciplinary and dynamic research Hub, drawing on the expertise of scientists and researchers from 52 collaborating and partner institutions including CSIRO, Australian and international universities, industry, international research centres and universities.

The Hub aims to be a world leading research provider enabling nanoscience-based construction materials manufacturing to enhance global competitiveness and profitability of the Australian construction sector.

Nanocomm will harness Australia’s best mindsets in partnership with infrastructure industry to deliver new industrial economies and training of future workforce.

Our role

The RMIT team is focused on delivering two research projects.

The use of brown coal ash as a replacement of cement in concrete masonry bricks   

This project is investigating the use of the waste material brown coal fly ash as a potential material for the production of geopolymer bricks. The research involves the characterisation of the chemical and physical properties of the fly ash and based on this information developing a suitable formulation to manufacture geopolymer bricks that satisfy the requirements of the brick industry. This will be undertaken using advanced microscopy techniques and understanding the reaction kinetics of the geopolymerisation process 

Deterioration modelling of bridge structures using visual inspection data   

This project focuses on developing a software model to manage individual and networks of bridge structures based on visual inspection data obtained from road authorities. This involves using visual data to identify deterioration mechanisms and correlating this with future performance and developing software to optimise the management of the bridge network.

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer