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Advancing composites in infrastructure

20 November 2014

Composites Australia and META (the Manufacturing Excellence Taskforce of Australia) have joined forces to bring the benefits of advanced composites technologies to Australian infrastructure projects.

“The Special Interest Hub for Advanced Composites in Infrastructure is bringing together leading researchers in the field, the composites industry, engineers, designers and infrastructure authorities to share knowledge and work together to identify and harness the opportunities,” says project leader and highly respected composites engineer Dr Rik Heslehurst.

Dr Heslehurst’s primary focus is to progress development of standards and guidelines for the use of advanced composites in infrastructure under Australia’s unique conditions and identify capabilities within the composites industry and infrastructure project opportunities for advanced composite materials.

“There is a small but growing number of really exciting infrastructure projects around the world, and in Australia, demonstrating that advanced composites enable innovative, dramatic and more efficient structural forms, repair and strengthening systems, to be conceived and constructed,” says Kerryn Caulfield, Executive Manager, Composites Australia.

“Australia is engaged in world-leading research in this area, and with industry and academia working together, we can be at the forefront of this exciting new era in infrastructure.”

Recent reports by Infrastructure Australia and the Australian Local Government Association highlighted the need for multi-million dollar investment in the repair and strengthening of Australia’s ageing and deteriorating bridges, Ms Caulfield said.

Events in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane in October and November introduced the Hub and promoted awareness of the opportunities for composites professionals, researchers, engineers and designers.

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Special Interest Hub for Advanced Composites in Infrastructure