While traditional composite repair systems are directly wrapped to the damaged structure and require a lot of site preparation, the technology, known as PileJax, is quick and easy to install due to its novel easy-fit and self-locking mechanical joining system.
Led by associate professor Allan Manalo, the research team of USQ and Joinlox was able to develop a non-corrosive and highly durable technology that has since been used in several bridge rehabilitation projects, including rail bridges, across the Gold Coast canal system.
USQ researchers hope PileJax will be able to extend the service life of critical infrastructures in Australia and around the world, at a fraction of the cost.
“This award recognises the innovativeness of research activities at USQ and our strong linkages with industries, which help bring our developed technologies from research laboratories to real-life applications,” said professor Peter Schubel, CFM director. Schubel also said that it was a prime example of USQ working with industry to understand problems facing the sector, and collaboratively developing new technologies that have a real impact on communities.
“This award is recognition of the hard work of USQ researchers and their continuous support of our company in better understanding our products, which led to the optimal and effective design of PileJax,” said Joinlox CEO John Pettigrew. (PC)
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