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Concrete Materials and
Structural Integrity Research
Unit (CoMSIRU)
The Concrete Materials and Structural Integrity
Research Unit has been developing technologies
and procedures for the design and assessment of
concrete structures for more than 20 years. The unit
has had a marked focus on infrastructure performance
and renewal, largely in response to industry needs.
The key areas of interest are service life prediction,
deterioration science, assessment technologies, and
repair/rehabilitation strategies for concrete structures.
CoMSIRU provides consultancy and postgraduate
teaching in the areas of concrete material technology,
concrete durability, structural health monitoring, and
Directors: Professor M. Alexander, Associate Professor
P. Moyo and Dr H. Beushausen
Centre for Materials Engineering
The Centre for Materials Engineering strives to educate
and train students in techniques and fundamentals in
the broad field of materials engineering. It also seeks
to serve a wide range of engineering activities, giving
advice concerning material processing, properties and
performance, while maintaining an international profile
for its research. The research activities of the centre
are aimed at addressing national needs in terms of
both the provision of technological solutions and the
development of skilled graduates.
Director: Professor R.D. Knutsen
Centre for Minerals Research
The Centre for Minerals Research is a multi-
disciplinary, interdepartmental research centre based
in the Department of Chemical Engineering. The
focus of research is on the processes of comminution,
classification, and froth flotation, arguably the most
important unit operations in minerals beneficiation.
The primary objective of the centre is to investigate the
above research areas at both an industrial (applied)
level and at a laboratory (fundamental) level, so
as to develop predictive models for describing the
performance of industrial units and circuits. In addition,
the centre sees as a priority the provision of high-level
human resources to the South African mining and
mineral processing industry through the production of
high-quality postgraduates. The centre enjoys excellent
international collaborations with all of the world’s
leading mining companies.
Director: Professor C.T. O’Connor
Centre for Research in
Engineering Education
The Centre for Research in Engineering Education,
established in 1996, focuses on research in engineering
and tertiary science education. The centre recognises
that an engineering degree programme is not restricted
to engineering subjects alone, but includes tertiary
mathematics, physics, and chemistry.Theaimof the centre
is to develop theoretically informed and research-based
ways of understanding the learning environment and the
educational process, with a view to improving student
learning and success in engineering and tertiary science.
The centre has additional objectives of building capacity
among academic staff to conduct education research in
engineering and related disciplines, disseminating the
results of this research, building the fields of engineering
and tertiary science education research, and promoting
regional, national, and international co-operation among
education researchers in these disciplines.
Director: Dr K. le Roux
Sasol Advanced Fuels
The Sasol Advanced Fuels Laboratory (SAFL) was set
up in 2002 to actualise Sasol’s future-oriented fuels
research relating to combustion and emissions from
automotive and aviation engines. The focus of the Sasol
Advanced Fuels Laboratory is on medium- to long-term
synthetic-fuel applications research. Research work
entails the study of combustion in engines, and it ranges
from the study of current synthetic fuels in current
engines to future fuels and future engine concepts.
Directors: Professor R.B. Tait and
Adjunct Professor A. Yates