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Geotechnical Laboratory

Swinburne University of Technology is undergoing rapid growth, particularly in the area of engineering research and education. Advanced Geotechnical Systems is a dynamic research tier within the Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure (CSI) and is supported by physical testing in the renewed Swinburne Geotechnical Laboratory as well as computational geomechanics with various geotechnical modelling software.

Advanced Geotechnical Systems supported by the Geotechnical Laboratory, has been successful in recent years in obtaining continuous research funding and consulting projects from industry, local, state and federal government. Current research undertaken includes testing of recycled materials, waste materials in pavement applications, biosolids, dredged spoils, stabilisation of pavement material, unsaturated soil mechanics as well as research in ground improvement, soft soil engineering, field instrumentation, in-situ testing and geosynthetics.

State-of-the-art fully automated geotechnical engineering equipment has been invested in recent years in the Swinburne Geotechnical laboratory. Equipment available include cyclic triaxial equipped with local strain measurements, static triaxial, stress path, large interface direct shear, direct shear, residual shear, Rowe consolidation, Oedometer consolidation, cyclic and static Indirect Tensile strength (IDT), unconfined compression, California Bearing Ratio, Repeated Load Triaxial Test, swell-shrinkage, soil suction and various other specialised and basic geotechnical laboratory equipments. Advanced Geotechnical Systems Tier is supported with computational geomechanics capbalities including software packages such as Plaxis 2D, Plaxis Dynamics, Plaxis 3D and Strand7.

Some of our current research areas include:

  • Geotechnics of pavements using recycled demolition materials
  • Applications of reclaimed and waste materials in geotechnical engineering applications
  • Geotechnical laboratory testing, field instrumentation and in-situ testing
  • Ground improvement, soil stabilisation and geosynthetic applications
  • Land reclamation and dredging
  • Soft soils and problematic soils
  • Footings on expansive clays
  • Unsaturated soils mechanics
  • Pavement stabilization

Our research facilities provide a national and international focus in Geotechnical Engineering and supports research within Swinburne's Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure.

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