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Our researchers contribute valuable innovations to the complex challenges of today’s world.
Below is just a taste of what’s going on.
UNSW researchers manages one of the world’s longest-running beach erosion research programs on Sydney’s northern beaches.
Nanoparticles synthesised by UNSW engineers using a by-product of rice could enable better water filtration systems for developing nations.
Managing and measuring the risks of climate change. Storms - as much as sea level rise - may seriously impact our shores, with coastal erosion posing a considerable threat to Australian property and infrastructure.
A/Professor Adrian Russell said the work will be useful in everything from house construction to much larger projects, including embankment dams, airport runways and slope stability.
Building safe and sustainable structures requires taking soil conditions into account. Yet current design tools are insufficient for regions with unsaturated soils. Geotechnical researchers at CVEN are aiming to close the gap.
Major flooding events in eastern Australia in recent years have prompted calls for better flood mitigation infrastructure, staff at UNSW Water Research Laboratory believe there’s an opportunity to incorporate pumped storage.
A vibrant construction sector is fundamental to Australia’s economic growth. Ground-breaking research at UNSW in the field of concrete structures has kept, and will continue to keep, the Australian construction sector at the forefront internationally.
Replacing politics with evidence-based planning and mathematical models is likely to ease transport pain. The Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (rCITI) is working with the NSW government to change that.
New models and accounting methods developed at UNSW are improving awareness about natural resource consumption globally, and the carbon footprint of Australia’s built environment.
Getting an accurate picture of the extent and connectivity of Australia’s freshwater basins is an important challenge. UNSW engineers are developing new models to help us better understand the unknown.
New technologies and applications such as GPS and LIDAR are driving a geospatial revolution. CVEN researchers are working to extend the frontiers even further.
As climate change is expected to change the incidence, we need new models to be able to accurately forecast low- frequency anomalies. Professor Ashish Sharma was recently made an ARC Future Fellow in order to coordinate research into this vital field.
Returning highly treated wastewater directly into our drinking water supply could have considerable economic and environmental benefits, a new report from the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) has found. The principal author is our Associate Professor Stuart Khan.
The future is upon us - powering research on self-driving cars –and reducing driver insurance.
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- Research project highlights
- Beach erosion
- Clean, affordable drinking water
- Coastal engineering and climate change
- Engineering in climate change adaptation
- Engineering of geomaterials
- Flood mitigation infrastructure
- Fundamental research for global challenges
- Ground-breaking research in concrete structures
- Mathematical model is likely to ease transport pain
- New design tools for unsaturated soils
- New model for national footprint
- New models for Australia's freshwater basins
- Positioning a geospatial revolution
- Predicting the unexpected
- Recycled drinking water must be considered: new report
- Self-driving car
- Sustainable construction industry
- Research students
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- Our research facilities
- PhD & ME Graduate list
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