ACID MINING CAPABILITIES

ACID connects industry with Australia’s leading researchers and facilities for infrastructure durability to develop new solutions, technology and educational programs for:

  • Smarter maintenance through advanced health monitoring/ predictive models
  • More proactive and enhanced mitigation of deterioration
  • Advanced materials to maximise the life of new infrastructure

Smarter maintenance through advanced health monitoring/ predictive modelling

  • Sensors to detect and monitor degradation
  • Predictive modelling of deterioration (e.g. time-to-damage)
  • Proactive maintenance through improved decision making
  • Intervention before significant damage occurs

More proactive and enhanced mitigation of deterioration

  • Protective coatings, liners, and polymers applied to new and existing infrastructure
  • Corrosion control (e.g. cathodic protection)
  • Wear resistance
  • Proactive maintenance (intervening before significant damage occurs)

Advanced materials to maximise the life of new infrastructure

  • Alloys and new metals
  • Polymers and polymer composites
  • Reinforced concrete
  • Corrosion inhibitors
  • Surface treatments
  • Resilient ceramics
  • Materials for specific exposures (e.g. high temperature corrosion resistant alloys)

We address durability across a broad range of engineering materials (steel, alloys and new metals, polymers and polymer composites, plastics, ceramics, reinforced concrete) and provide research support for specific exposures (e.g. high temperature corrosion resistant alloys).

Durability expertise includes engineering materials functioning within a broad range of service conditions; in-situ health monitoring interfaced with predictive models and decision support; and protection solutions for the following built infrastructure types:

  • Mine infrastructure (above and underground)
  • Material handling, storage and waste management
  • Transportation of bulk liquids and solids (ports, rail, road, pipelines)
  • Mineral processing, concentrators, smelters, refineries
  • Support Infrastructure (Power supply and reticulation, communications, water supplies, dams and treatment plants, energy supplies)
  • Production (downhole pipelines, casings, platforms, gas and water generators; and surface wellheads, pipelines, and separators) located offshore and onshore

Expertise

  • Friction, abrasion, fatigue, erosion, and wear resistance (Tribology)
  • Corrosion evaluation and protection
  • Erosion corrosion
  • Acid and chemical resistant liners, coatings, and tiles
  • High-strength and lightweight materials
  • Pipeline corrosion and prevention
  • Durability of ground support (e.g. tunnel linings and rock bolts)
  • Exposure to harsh climates and microclimates and assessment of corrosive loadings (e.g. corrosive process liquors; acidic gases; slurries; leachates, tailings)
  • Corrosion under insulation
  • High temperature corrosion resistance
  • Microbiologically induced corrosion and biocide treatments
  • Corrosion fatigue
  • Stray current corrosion
  • High temperature durability of materials
  • Failure analysis
  • Materials characterisation
  • Steels, metals, new alloys, light metals and reactive metals coatings and inhibitors
  • Protective coatings, sealers, and sealants
  • Polymers and polymer composites
  • Ceramics
  • Waterproofing
  • Cathodic Protection (CP)
  • Sensing and remote monitoring
  • Predictive modelling and proactive maintenance
  • Diagnosis and risk analysis
  • Reinforced concrete (reinforcement corrosion as well as acidic/chemical attack of the concrete)
  • Structural integrity assessment, monitoring, and strengthening
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