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Structural bushfire performance of lightweight and fire resistant wall panels

This project will investigate the structural bushfire performance of lightweight and fire-resistant, cement-based blocks and wall panels. It includes axial compression tests and fire resistance tests of individual blocks currently available in the industry. The performance will be summarized based on the raw materials and the mix proportion of the blocks. …

Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment

Development of structural walling system using interlockable dry stack concrete blocks

Structural/ non-structural walls add significantly to construction cost and time; one of the main contributors to this is the need for highly skilled masons whose number is on the decline. This situation adds to the woes of housing affordability particularly to the younger generation in Australia. With a view to addressing this problem, Adbri Masonry has developed an interlocking dry stackable hollow concrete blocks and obtained international patent. These blocks can be used as lego blocks by semi/unskilled labour for …

Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Study levels
PhD
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Structural health monitoring: Cooling towers

Most of our infrastructure is built to last a long time. But during their service lives, they may experience distress due to structural deterioration, environmental effects, random actions such as impacts and seismic activity and change in loading.Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) has emerged as an appropriate technique to monitor the health of our infrastructure and detect damage at its on-set. SHM is particularly appropriate for large structures such as bridges, dams and cooling towers in which some parts of the …

Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment

Structural behaviour of masonry elements

There are a variety of areas related to structural masonry that require further research. The scope includes strengthening of the existing buildings including their walls, floors, and roofs for loads that were not considered in their original design. The research scope also includes new masonry construction, where structural forms are studied for their efficiency. The exact area of study will be determined in the discussions that are made with the supervisor.

Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Structural fire design of bushfire resistant residential buildings.

This project aims to investigate the structural fire performance of residential buildings in the bushfire prone areas of Australia. This includes a detailed review of bushfire characteristics, radiant and convective heat rates, type and materials used to construct bushfire safe houses, structural and fire performance of external wall and roof panels, structural design requirements and testing procedures. This comprehensive review will contribute towards developing design methods of external wall and roof systems for residential buildings in bushfire zones.

Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Disciplines
Civil engineering
Construction and project management
Property and planning

Structural fire design of bushfire resistant residential buildings

This project aims to investigate the structural fire performance of residential buildings in the bushfire prone areas of Australia. This includes a detailed review of bushfire characteristics, radiant and convective heat rates, type and materials used to construct bushfire safe houses, structural and fire performance of external wall and roof panels, structural design requirements and testing procedures. This comprehensive review will contribute towards developing design methods of external wall and roof systems for residential buildings in bushfire zones.

Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Disciplines
Civil engineering
Construction and project management
Property and planning

Structural behaviour of reinforced concrete elements

Our research is looking into the following areas:Mechanical properties of green concrete - for example:geopolymer concretenatural-fibre reinforced concreterecycled concreteStructural behaviour and retrofit of older concrete buildings.

Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Disciplines
Nanoscience
Civil engineering
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Displacement behaviour of FRP-retrofitted concrete and masonry structures

This project has been defined for a vacation research student who is interested in earthquake-strengthening studies.A large number of older low ductile reinforced concrete and/or masonry buildings exist in Brisbane City and Australia. These types of buildings have a demonstrated poor performance in earthquakes. One way to strengthen the buildings is the use of Fibre-reinforced polymers (FRP). Although a lot of research has been conducted in this area, they mostly focus on a strength criteria. This study has been proposed …

Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Masonry wall collapse mechanism in earthquakes

It is known that masonry walls have a very limited cracking strength but they have significant post-cracking stability. These walls usually crack in the event of a significant earthquake but will have some level of stable rocking response. If that capacity is also exceeded, they will collapse as happened in recent 2010-2011 New Zealand earthquakes.This project has been defined to use an existing commercial rocking analysis software (Working Model) to define collapse mechanisms in two-storey or higher masonry buildings. …

Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Study levels
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Geometric characterisation of pre-1940 masonry buildings in Brisbane

This project is to characterize Brisbane masonry building details that are associated with the greatest potential earthquake risk. It will be done through online and street surveys including photographic survey and further desktop study. …

Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Study levels
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

How safe are our wall structures under the shadow of increased seismic hazard level in AS1170.4?

In 2018, the Australian Earthquake Loading Code AS1170.4 and two major structural design standards (AS3600 and AS3700) have made significant revisions. These changes potentially affect the safety of wall structures that are significant components that save the buildings (especially 3 - 30 stories high) from earthquake events.The AS1170.4 has increased the minimum seismic hazard coefficient from 0.05 to 0.08 (an increase of 60%) across Australia; many major population centers, including Brisbane are affected by this change.Concurrently, the Concrete Structures Design …

Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Study levels
PhD
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

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