Structural Engineering - Civil Engineering Department- University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Structural Engineering research and testing

The Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at University of Canterbury has gained worldwide recognition for its extensive theoretical and experimental research in the behaviour of reinforced concrete, prestressed concrete, steel and timber structures over the past 30 years.

Current research themes

  • Damage free structural systems in:
        prestressed concrete
  • Seismic assessment/retrofit of existing structures
  • Fibre reinforced concrete for seismic applications and economical steel flooring
  • Multi-storey timber buildings
  • Advanced construction materials

Test Configurations

shake table test
Shake table test of two-storey masonry building.
precast concrete test
Damage free precast concrete system with no floor damage.
beam retrofit
Retrofit of beam-column joint with Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP).

in-plane testing
Testing in-plane stiffness of wooden floor for unreinforced masonry buildings solutions.

sliding hinge joint test
Testing a sliding hinge joint which causes no damage to the subassembly, slab or building. It is now used in steel framed Wellington buildings.
sub-assembly test
3D sub-assembly test on the seismic performance of reinforced concrete moment frames with precast-prestressed flooring systems.