Completed in 2015, the new Light Structures Lab and Heavy Structures Lab at our Bundoora campus are equipped with extensive, up-to-date civil engineering facilities.
The $20 million facility was designed for the School of Engineering by John Wardle Architects, who also designed the award winning Biosciences building at the Bundoora campus.
The labs are based on modern workplace environments and benchmarked against comparable research facilities to ensure graduates have the experience and capabilities relevant to industry.
The Heavy Structures Lab is designed for research, teaching and consultancy and provides the capability to perform static strength testings as well as fatigue load testings.
Features of the Heavy Structures Lab include:
- compression and tensile testing machines
- controlled humidity chambers where structures and materials can be subjected to sustained loads and monitored over a long period of time
- a corrosion chamber for testing material degradation in aggressive environments
- two large environmental chambers
- structural testing frames which can accommodate beams up to six metres in length
The Light Structures laboratory is equipped with state of the art tools that provide hands-on practice for students. It also provides testing equipment for researchers. Professional personnel are always available to give help and support to students in projects and experiments.
In the Light Structures Lab high-end equipment has been installed including:
- testing machines
- 3D printers
- laser cutters
- steel folding, cutting and riveting equipment
- environmental and water engineering laboratory equipment
- teaching workshop spaces
The labs support a wide range of civil engineering research in partnership with industry, including:
- investigation of the remaining life of Metro trains infrastructure
- accurate prediction of the remaining safe life of buried water pipes
Students from Bachelor and postgraduate engineering programs also conduct a range of tests and activities in the lab.
For example, long span and high rise structures are tested in the space by creating structural models using laser cutting machines and other fabrication tools.
The lab also hosts innovative learning experiences such as the steel beam competition where students fabricate a steel plate girder and test it to failure.
The labs are used by students and research candidates from the following programs: