The University’s new facilities will allow the team to create full-scale prefabricated structures that can be thoroughly tested in a one-stop-shop, reducing costs for industry.
It will offer high-level capacity in areas such as fire safety testing for structural materials, wind and cyclone testing using a wind tunnel, as well as acoustic testing to ensure prefabricated materials are better at absorbing sound. Prefabrication researchers and industry will also be able to undertake energy efficiency testing, ensuring prefabricated products have low carbon footprints.
“We will also have increased space to conduct earthquake testing. We will be able to test a full scale house on an earthquake shaker table to see how the structure performs under simulated earthquake conditions,” says Professor Ngo.
“If we can develop a one-stop-shop for prefabricated testing facilities, this will offer a significant advantage to industry, because it will allow them to do everything in one place. They don’t have to send their product to one location to do fire testing and another location to do acoustic testing.”