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 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
  • Polymers and polymer composites
  • Reinforced concrete
  • Corrosion inhibitors
  • Waterproofing
  • Surface treatments
  • Materials for specific exposures (e.g. corrosion resistant alloys for desalination environments)

The range of durability expertise includes materials, probing and monitoring, and protection solutions for the following built infrastructure types:

  • Buildings (commercial and industrial)
  • Service infrastructure supporting water and desalination (energy, communications)
  • Distribution (transmission pipelines infrastructure)
  • Storage tanks and buildings

We are able to address durability across a broad range of engineering materials and component types performing under a broad range of functions and exposures.


  • Waterproofing of applied membranes, surface treatments, green roofs and walls, joint sealants, drainage systems)
  • Pipelines: materials, monitoring, and protection systems
  • Durability of sewerage and wastewater pipelines, drains, and engineered barrier systems
  • Addressing corrosive soils and groundwater (e.g. soft water, acidic groundwater, acid sulphate soils, saline conditions, and specific media such as sulphates that affect concrete durability and durability of buried components (foundations, tunnel linings, piping)
  • Assessment of microenvironments and durability loadings (high sulphur, high chlorine)
  • Marine durability in atmospheric, splash, tidal, underwater exposures
  • Process corrosion specific to buildings functioning within industrial facilities
  • Adhesives
  • Fatigue
  • Stray current corrosion
  • Surface treatments
  • Polymers and polymer composites
  • Steels and metallic alloys
  • Ceramics and stone
  • Corrosion inhibitors, cathodic protection, and protective coatings
  • Specialist inspection and testing tools
  • Monitoring and sensors for new and existing structures
  • Predictive modelling and proactive maintenance
  • Trial and full scale construction and remedial works
  • Reinforced concrete (reinforcement corrosion as well as acidic/chemical attack of the concrete)
  • Structural integrity assessment, monitoring, and strengthening
  • Multi-disciplinary engineering and science skills
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