Deakin Digital Design and Engineering Centre (3DEC)

Core Capabilities

Materials performance and protection

Durability of concrete structures in marine/harsh environment. Sustainable construction materials and geopolymer concrete. Structural rehabilitation materials such as carbon fibres. Hydrogen embrittlement resistant materials and technologies. Materials analysis, modelling of engineering materials and damage. Anti-corrosion cathodic protection, coatings and inhibitors applications.

Design and construction

Engineering systems design and numerical analysis of complex structural problems. Industrial control systems, process control, power system control. Computational fluid dynamics analysis. Environmental engineering. Practical geotechnical engineering, rock mechanics, ground-structure interaction.

Structural health monitoring

Sensor networks, wireless communications and instruments that incorporate sensing, actuation, control, wireless transmission, networking and IoT, data acquisition/storage/analysis for non-destructive evaluation. Corrosion monitoring sensors and technologies.

Manufacturing and materials

Additive Manufacturing (metal and non-metal). Sustainable materials for constructions. Hydrogen energy infrastructure materials selection. Hydrogen fuel cells in heavy-duty trucks.


Virtual Reality for infrastructure installation, maintenance and rehabilitation.

Our research labs

Led by world-class researchers and and powered by state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, our labs are dedicated to furthering our research strengths. Our research strengths span a broad range of emerging areas, from cyber-human-physical systems and 4D printing, to metal additive manufacturing and particle engineering.

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Simulation Lab
  • Smart Sensors Lab
  • Smart Materials Lab
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing Lab
  • Computational Structures Lab
  • Infrastructure Futures Lab
  • Virtual Reality Training and Simulation Research Lab
  • Metal Additive Manufacturing Processes Lab
  • 4D Printing Lab

Contact us

If you'd like to study with us, collaborate with us, or learn more about our research, we'd love to hear from you.

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