Smart Structures Laboratory

A unique, large scale testing facility for infrastructure


Professor Riadh Al-Mahaidi

+61 3 9214 8429

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Post author: Robyn Watson. Last update: 24/07/2015 at 2:25 pm by Robyn Watson.


Swinburne University’s Smart Structures facility provides support to Swinburne’s Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure and provides a regional and national focus for large 3D static and dynamic testing with a wide range of applications including; civil, mining, railway, aerospace and automotive components, systems and infrastructure.

The facility allows testing of existing and new systems and facilitate investigations of new materials under full-scale real loading conditions.

The 1.0m thick strong floor measures some 20m x 8m in plan with two 5m tall reaction strong walls meeting at one corner. The 3D strong cell have a grid of tie down points 0.5m apart over the whole floor and walls to secure the test specimens, as well as a suite of hydraulic actuators and universal testing machines varying in capacity from 10 tonnes to 500 tonnes. The laboratory is serviced by adjacent workshops and a hydraulic pump system located in the basement. The facility is housed in a large architecturally designed test hall about 8m tall, located prominently at the front of the Advanced Technologies Centre.



The research outcomes from these tests allow for the verification and calibration of computer models and simulations in three dimensions and provide significant benefits to both industry and government in developing sustainable and innovative solutions to complex problems.


Professor Riadh Al-Mahaidi

Professor Riadh Al-Mahaidi

Facility Director at Swinburne University of Technology, .

P: +61 3 9214 8429 | Email |


Smart Structures Laboratory

Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn Campus. 427-451 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia.

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Type: Core facility in a research organisation
Discipline areas: Engineering Science, Materials Science, Physical Science
Precinct: South east
Affiliations: Swinburne University of Technology

Tags: 3D testing, buildings, civil engineering, earthquake, fatigue and failure analysis, infrastructure, infrastructure testing, maritime, mechanical engineering, mechanical testing, roads, strong cell, strong structures, sustainability