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Smart Structures Laboratory

Overview | MAST System | Equipment | Staff

The innovative Smart Structures Laboratory is one of Swinburne's 'specialist facilities' and paves the way for the next generation of structures and construction materials.

The $15 million laboratory includes a major three-dimensional testing facility developed for large scale testing of civil, mechanical, aerospace and mining engineering components and systems. We conduct research over a broad range of infrastructure related areas, including large-scale testing of new engineering materials and components.

Equipment for large-scale experiments

The Smart Structures Laboratory provides our researchers with the equipment to undertake large-scale quasti-static and cyclic testing of materials and structural components and the instrumentation to provide a wide range of experimental data to better evaluate testing outcomes.

The laboratory complex is equipped with its own concrete lab allowing our researchers to create, cure or degrade and test a broad range of concrete samples.

Find out more about the equipment available for large-scale experiments.

Multi-Axis Substructure Testing (MAST) system

The laboratory houses Australia's first hybrid testing facility – the Multi-Axis Substructure Testing (MAST) system – cutting-edge technology used to test the integrity of new materials and structures. The MAST system allows researchers to stress-test structural components and materials to determine a structure or material's capacity to withstand extreme forces.

Find out more about the MAST system.

Ongoing consulting and research projects

The Smart Structures laboratory staff are involved in an ongoing series of large-scale consulting and research projects. The advanced equipment and instrumentation that is available allow a broad range of projects to be undertaken including component stress and fatigue testing, anchorage systems and the evaluation of the effects of bushfire damage.

Information resources

  • PDF Document

    Smart Structures brochure

    An outline of the Laboratory and its specialised large-scale quasti-static and cyclic testing equipment, including the MAST, Hyrid Simulation and other equipment and instrumentation (1.7MB)

  • Smart Structures Laboratory (Youtube video)

    Professor's John Wilson and Riadh Al-Mahaidi outline the exciting research capabilities of the Swinbune Smart Structures lab which includes Australia's first hybrid testing facility – the Multi-Axis Substructure Testing (MAST) system. (3:19)


For further information please contact:

Director, Smart Structures Laboratory