Structural Engineering

Randwick structural engineering labThe UNSW Structural Engineering Research Group is the Australian leader in the hard infrastructure field. .

As part of the the Structural Engineering Research Group focuses on high quality fundamental and applied hard infrastructure research, with a focus on resilient and sustainable infrastructure, including:

  • the behaviour of advanced structural materials,
  • The development of new energy-efficient construction technologies.
  • the development of computational techniques for the efficient structural analysis and design of large structures, and
  • design approaches for structural engineers that influences Australian and overseas codes of practice

Sustainable and resilient infrastructure will be central themes in the next generation of infrastructure design and key issues for the CIES Structural Engineering Group. CIES will continue to play a leading role in the Australian Network of Structural Health Monitoring which involves more than 10 Australian universities, NICTA, CSIRO, RMS, VicRoads and QldDMR.

Research themes

The Structural Engineering Research Group is focused on:

  • Advanced structural material characterisation
  • Development of advanced structural design methods
  • Efficient computational techniques
  • Experimental techniques

Research Excellence

The Structural Engineering Research Group has made important contributions to the Australian Standards for concrete, steel, composite and bridge structures. Academics in the Group have also written textbooks which are used nationally and internationally in concrete, steel and composite structures. Members of the Structural Engineering Research Group are also heavily involved in international standards committees.

Industry linkages

Industry links are an important part of our research and the Group has ARC Linkage Grant projects with One Steel Reinforcing Pty Limited, China Construction Steel Structure Corp. Ltd, Melbourne Water Corporation, Goulburn-Murray Water, Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Sunwater Limited.

The group also has contract research with Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia, Defence Science Institute, Lindenbaum Pty Ltd, Beijing Engineering Research Center, Crc For Low Carbon Living Limited, Bosfa, Taylor Thomson Whitting (Nsw) Pty Ltd

Research facilities

The UNSW structures laboratory is one of the best equipped in Australia, with the largest strong floor in the southern hemisphere with more than 300 square metres of test area and a test frame height of at least 4 metres. The laboratory has the capability to test specimens with capacities up to 10,000 kN and has significant space for tests on structural assemblages undergoing service and sustained loading. The structures laboratory is also equipped with a large environmental room of 12 square metres area.

The Structural Engineering Research Group also has access to the CIES Advanced Computer Analysis Laboratory.