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.
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.