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 of coatings and metals
  • 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 and polymers applied to new and existing infrastructure
  • Corrosion control (e.g. cathodic protection)
  • Proactive maintenance (intervening before significant damage occurs)

Advanced materials and treatments to maximise the life of new infrastructure

  • High performance alloys and new metals
  • Glazing
  • Ceramics and stone
  • Polymers and polymer composites
  • Reinforced concrete
  • Corrosion inhibitors
  • Waterproofing
  • Timber
  • Surface treatments
  • Materials for specific exposures (e.g. high temperature corrosion resistant alloys)

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

The range of 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 assets in the defence and aerospace sector:

  • Aircraft (defence, cargo and civilian)
  • Maritime (ships, boats, submarines and other marine and offshore assets )
  • On-ground and in-dock infrastructure (hangars, docks and related infrasturcture)
  • Maintenance (new paint coatings, techniques, corrosion monitoring equipment and know-how )


  • Airframe corrosion and prevention
  • Durability of materials in extreme climates (low temperatures, high humidity, aggressive marine environments)
  • Microbiologically influenced corrosion and biocide treatments
  • Corrosion fatigue
  • Stress corrosion cracking and hydrogen embrittlement
  • High temperature durability of materials
  • Fatigue
  • Failure analysis
  • Materials characterisation
  • Light metals & reactive metals coatings and inhibitors
  • Protective coatings and sealants
  • High-strength steels and novel metallic alloys
  • Polymers and polymer composites
  • Ceramics
  • Steels, metals, and new alloys
  • Waterproofing
  • Corrosion Inhibitors
  • 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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