Sensors could alter future

A JOINT research project being undertaken in Gladstone could change the future of Australian industry operations.

The Cooperative Research Centre for Integrated Engineering and Asset Management (CIEAM) is well into a three-year project on advanced sensors.

A joint project with Monash University, the objective of the project is to develop sensor technologies for use in intelligent maintenance systems that will detect and quantify machine degradation and structural damage.

Being undertaken at the Process Engineering Light Metals (PELM) Centre, the project focuses on applications ranging from sub-components to large-scale structures using fibre-optic and piezoelectric sensors and actuators and sensors for the rapid assessment of thickness of degradation.

Program leader is Professor Rhys Jones from Monash University and industry advisor is Dr Bruce Hinton from the Defence Science Technology Organisation (DSTO).

Locally, the project includes PELM Industrial Materials Science Professor Richard Clegg, Dr Patrick Keleher and Dr Sead Spuzic.

Prof. Clegg said in essence the project examined the detection of corrosion of structures.

He said trials and lab studies were currently being undertaken by Monash University research fellow Dr Scott Wade.

"We are looking to begin field trials in sea water in the Gladstone Marina in the near future and then into local industry further down the track,'' Prof. Clegg said.

"Maintenance and asset management are big issues in industry, particularly so for a region like Gladstone which is so industry dominated.

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