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A major milestone struck in our seismic testing on stainless

We’re pleased to announce that the first test on stainless steel connection was successfully performed 28 July 2017 at the University of Auckland’s testing lab. Answering what we believe is a growing industry necessity to understand the behaviour of structural stainless steel connections under severe seismic load. For HERA it’s an area where we currently…

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Seismic testing gives stainless the design freedom of carbon steel

Even though stainless steel structural sections have been available since the 1960s, the industry hasn’t shown great interest until the last decade – the main reasons being a lack of material knowledge, limited supply sources, irregular demand, small volumes, long delivery times and high prices. Today this has changed, with the market not only asking…

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Scholarships set to drive SFC certification engagement

We’re excited to share SCNZ’s recent announcement to offer 15 training scholarships in their commitment to support the steel construction industry and expansion of the Steel Fabricator Certification (SFC) scheme. This news comes following a unanimous resolution by SCNZ members late last year for all Steel Constructor members to become certified under this scheme over…

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HEERF scholarship recipient makes headway

It was great to support HEERF PhD Scholarship recipient and Engineering Post-Graduate Shoulong Dong at the end of last week, who presented his research at the University of Auckland as part of HERA’s AGGAT program deliverables. Shoulong spoke on his work around the Expert Design Tool (EDT) which is being developed to help assess prospective…

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HERA doesn’t go unnoticed at NZGW2016

The end of November saw a heavy contingent of our AGGAT team attend the 38th New Zealand Geothermal Workshop at the University of Auckland – as we work to share our research and development findings to create collaborative global opportunities in the clean energy space for our members. Highlighting five AGGAT research focuses, our team presented…

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Pursuing IP commercialisation for promising seismic damage resistant system for modular steel structures

HERA has recently made a decision to assist the commercialisation for a seismic damage-resistant system for modular steel structures developed by Dr. John Jing in his PhD thesis. He’s received this opportunity through a HERA research scholarship fund, starting his PhD study in 2009. Supervised by Prof Charles Clifton, he has developed a base isolation…

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Evaluation of allowable limits of imperfections in butt welds

Integrity of steel structures relies on welded connections. Quality requirements for welds are specified in underlying welding standards that are well established. The weld quality criteria of the standards have proven to be safe. The acceptance criteria for welds are largely based on industry best practice values. The objective of this student project was to…

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AGGAT progress update for April

As part of the AGGAT program, the Heavy Engineering Education and Research Foundation (HEERF) offers scholarships to prospective university students undertaking postgraduate research related to the Heavy Engineering Sector. The AGGAT Program offers such opportunities through its research objectives in Clean Energy. This has often been a pathway of growth for our scholars into our…