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Victoria University of Technology

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Victoria University has significant expertise in researching issues of importance and working with a range of government and industry groups across several key areas.

The University supports a number of designated Research Centres that undertake focussed research activities and have achieved significant external support from industry and Government.

The Centre for Environmental Safety and Risk Engineering (CESARE) was established as the inaugural University Centre to provide national and international leadership for the conduct of advanced multi-disciplinary studies. These will lead to the implementation of rational, cost-effective designs and operational procedures for hazard facilities in the built environment; thereby providing acceptable levels of risk for the community, property and the environment exposed to such hazards.

The Centre's infrastructure includes an Experimental Building-Fire Facility which is used to conduct real fire experiments in realistic prototype buildings. Extensive instrumentation is used to record the growth and spread of fires and the effects of fire in the Facility. The results from these experiments are used to develop and validate advanced computer models for predicting fire growth and spread in buildings; the response of building subsystems to fire, and human behaviour during fire emergencies.

The Facility is located at the Country Fire Authority Training Wing at Fiskville, 90 km west of Melbourne.

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Victoria University of Technology

 

Faculty of Engineering and Science
School of the Built Environment
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

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Evolutionary structural optimisation
Chief Researcher: Xie Assoc Prof M
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: OPTIMISATION--SHAPE; --STRUCTURAL DESIGN; --TOPOLOGY
Research Fields Classification: 290801 Structural Engineering
290804 Construction Engineering
290303 CAD/CAM Systems


The interaction of turbulent flows and porous media
Chief Researcher: Prakash M (PhD)
Supervisors: Thorpe Assoc Prof G R, Turan Assoc Prof F, Li Dr J
Current Status: Ongoing
Research Field Classification: 291803 Turbulent Flows


Simulating the performance of container terminals
Chief Researcher: Behera J (MEng)
Supervisors: Thorpe Assoc Prof G R, Bhuta Assoc Prof C, Diamond Dr N
Sponsor: The Government of India
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING
Research Field Classification: 290502


Finite element simulation of Durelli's photoelastic stress minimization method for shape optimization
Chief Researcher: Nguyen V (MEng)
Supervisor: Tran Dr D
Current Status: Completed 1999
Descriptors: NONLINEAR MATERIAL; SHAPE OPTIMIZATION--TECHNIQUES
Research Field Classification: 290501 Mechanical Engineering


Shape optimization of structures using genetic algorithms
Chief Researcher: Tran Dr D
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: SHAPE OPTIMIZATION--TECHNIQUES
Research Field Classification: 290501 Mechanical Engineering


Structural damage detection by using frequency response function (FRF) curves obtained in vibration testings
Chief Researchers: Nguyen H, Huynh D (MEng)
Supervisors: Tran Dr D, He J
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: STRUCTURAL DAMAGE--DETECTION TECHNIQUES
Research Field Classification: 290501 Mechanical Engineering


Dynamics of thin wall structures containing liquids
Chief Researcher: Le T (MEng)
Supervisor: Tran Dr D
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: DYNAMIC LOADS; FATIGUE SERVICE LIFE
Research Field Classification: 290501 Mechanical Engineering


Investigation of the balancing characteristics of a very early smoke detection apparatus impeller
Chief Researchers: Rouillard V, Sek Assoc Prof M
Sponsor: VESDA Vision Products
Current Status: Completed 1999
Descriptors: IMBALANCE; BALANCING; CONDITION MONITORING
Research Fields Classification: 290501 Mechanical Engineering
290399 Manufacturing Engineering nec
291899 Interdisciplinary Engineering nec


Development of a road surface roughness measurement device
Chief Researchers: Rouillard V, Sek Assoc Prof M
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: TRANSPORT; PAVEMENTS--DISTRESS; ROAD--PROFILES; LASERS; HIGH-SPEED MONITORING
Research Field Classification: 290501 Mechanical Engineering


Development of a telemetric transport environment monitoring system
Chief Researchers: Rouillard V, Sek Assoc Prof M
Sponsor: Satellite Telemetry Pty Ltd
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: TRANSPORT; PACKAGING--OPTIMISATION; VIBRATION; SHOCK; DAMAGE; SIMULATION; TELEMETRY; DATA ACQUISITION
Research Field Classification: 290501 Mechanical Engineering


Vibrational properties of smoke detectors
Chief Researchers: Rouillard V, Sek Assoc Prof M
Sponsor: Invetech
Current Status: Completed 1999
Descriptors: VIBRATION ENDURANCE; RESONANCE; STRUCTURAL VIBRATIONS
Research Fields Classification: 290501 Mechanical Engineering
290399 Manufacturing Engineering nec
291899 Interdisciplinary Engineering nec


Investigation of the mechanical and optical characteristics of optical power ground wire cables
Chief Researcher: Rouillard V
Sponsor: Olex Cables
Current Status: Completed 1999
Descriptors: OPTICAL FIBRES; TENSILE PROPERTIES
Research Fields Classification: 290501 Mechanical Engineering
290399 Manufacturing Engineering nec
291899 Interdisciplinary Engineering nec


Prediction of vehicle vibrations using road profile data
Chief Researcher: Bruscella B (PhD)
Supervisors: Sek Assoc Prof M, Rouillard V
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: TRANSPORT; PACKAGING--OPTIMISATION; SHOCK; DAMAGE; SIMULATION
Research Field Classification: 290501 Mechanical Engineering


Review and evaluation of road roughness indicators
Chief Researcher: Wrzesinski M (MEng)
Supervisors: Sek Assoc Prof M, Rouillard V
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: TRANSPORT; PAVEMENTS--DISTRESS;--CONDITION; ROAD--PROFILES
Research Field Classification: 290501 Mechanical Engineering


Control of excessive transient vibrations for high-speed shafts
Chief Researcher: Qiming M (MEng)
Supervisor: Semercigil Dr E
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: VIBRATION CONTROL; POWER TRANSMISSION SHAFTS
Research Field Classification: 290501 Mechanical Engineering


Vortex induced structural oscillations
Chief Researcher: Camilleri W (PhD)
Supervisors: Semercigil Dr E, Turan Assoc Prof F
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: STRUCTURAL RESONANCE
Research Field Classification: 290501 Mechanical Engineering


CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) modelling of smoke spread in buildings
Chief Researcher: Turan Assoc Prof F
Sponsor: SSL (Scientific Services Laboratory)
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: FIRE SAFETY ENGINEERING; HOT-WIRE ANEMOMETRY
Research Fields Classification: 291803 Turbulent Flows
291899 Interdisciplinary Engineering nec


Prediction of hot gas - water droplet interaction after sprinkler activation
Chief Researcher: Nyankina K (PhD)
Supervisor: Turan Assoc Prof F
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: FIRE SAFETY ENGINEERING; ZONE MODELLING; CFD; COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS
Research Fields Classification: 290501 Mechanical Engineering
291899 Interdisciplinary Engineering nec


Turbulence modelling for adverse pressure gradient wall-bounded turbulent flows
Chief Researcher: Ayranci S (PhD)
Supervisor: Turan Assoc Prof F
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: CFD; COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS
Research Field Classification: 291803 Turbulent Flows

 

School of the Built Environment
http://dingo.vu.edu.au/~kodi/research.htm
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Modelling of solute transport at Latrobe Valley ash disposal sites
Chief Researcher: Mudd G
Supervisor: Kodikara Dr J
Sponsors: GeoEng Pty Ltd; Loy Yang Power
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: COAL ASH; LEACHING; PERMEABILITY; EVAPORATION; BARRIERS; LANDFILLING
Research Fields Classification: 290899 Civil Engineering nec
291101 Environmental Engineering Modelling
291103 Environmental Engineering Design


Development of innovative covers to mitigate rainwater infiltration into ash fills
Chief Researcher: Kodikara J
Sponsors: GeoEng Pty Ltd; Loy Yang Power
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: ENVIRONMENT COAL ASH; LANDFILLING; LEACHING
Research Fields Classification: 290899 Civil Engineering nec
291101 Environmental Engineering Modelling
291103 Environmental Engineering Design


Compatibility testing of compacted clay with landfill leachates and chemicals
Chief Researcher: Rahman F (MEng)
Supervisor: Kodikara J
Sponsors: EPA Victoria; Victorian Education Foundation
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: BARRIERS; PERMEABILITY
Research Fields Classification: 290899 Civil Engineering nec
291101 Environmental Engineering Modelling
291103 Environmental Engineering Design


Desiccation cracking of clay
Chief Researcher: Nahlawi H (BSc)
Supervisor: Kodikara J
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: CLIMATE
Research Fields Classification: 290899 Civil Engineering nec
291101 Environmental Engineering Modelling
291103 Environmental Engineering Design


Modelling of moisture flow in geosynthetic clay liners under field conditions
Chief Researcher: Nahlawi H
Supervisor: Kodikara Dr J
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: DRYING; EVAPORATION; WETTING; CRACKING; LANDFILL COVERS
Research Fields Classification: 290899 Civil Engineering nec
291101 Environmental Engineering Modelling
291103 Environmental Engineering Design


In-situ rehabilitation of inbound road pavements
Chief Researcher: Simmonds S
Supervisor: Kodikara J
Sponsor: Chadwick Geotechnical Testing Pty Ltd
Current Status: March 2000-
Descriptors: IN-SITU RECYCLING; CHEMICAL STABILISATION; POZZOLANIC REACTIONS; CURING; SHRINKAGE CRACKING
Research Fields Classification: 290899 Civil Engineering nec
290803 Transport Engineering

 


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