A Heavy and Light Structures Lab has been relocated to a larger space in Bundoora campus.

Project: Heavy and Light Structures Lab, Building 253

Architect: John Wardle Architects

Commenced: 30 January 2015

Completed: 15 May 2015

The labs are housed in a purpose-built detached facility linking to Building 253 via a recently built covered walkway.

Professor Sujeeva Setunge, Deputy Head of School of Engineering, said the spaces were configured according to specific needs with scope to grow.

“There is currently over $2 million worth of research activities occurring in the labs including the investigation of the remaining life of Metro trains infrastructure and the accurate prediction of the remaining safe life of buried water pipes,” she said.

The new Bundoora facility includes equipment such as 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 – and a corrosion chamber for testing material degradation in aggressive environments.

“We have more space than the former City campus space, and we could plan our areas well.”

Students from Bachelor and postgraduate engineering programs are able to conduct a range of tests and activities in the lab.

For example, long span and high rise structures are tested in the spaces by creating structural models using laser cutting machines and other fabrication tools.

The lab also hosts a steel beam competition, allowing students to fabricate a steel plate girder and test it to failure.

Two large environmental chambers to further expand the lab’s research capability and structural testing frames which can accommodate beams up to six metres in length have also been installed.

The space is used by students from the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours); Master of Engineering (Structures and Forensics); PhD (Civil Engineering); and Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering).

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