Scientific Infrastructure Search
The CSIR is equipped for world-class innovation. The organisation recognises that scientific infrastructure is key in scientific discovery and producing solutions for industry and society. Scientific infrastructure includes laboratories, testing facilities, scientific instruments and equipment, clean rooms and pilot plants needed for research and technological innovation.
Collaboration between the research sector, industry and government results in the shared use of the infrastructure and helps build bridges that benefit the country.
The CSIR advanced material testing laboratories conduct tests on road building materials for road engineers and researchers, road owners, construction groups and consultants.
The coastal and hydraulics laboratory is a world-class facility used to physically model ports, harbours and other coastal engineering designs in fine detail. Housed at the CSIR in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape and managed by the CSIR’s hydraulic infrastructure engineering group, the facility helps engineers and project managers better understand how constructions such as breakwaters and port walls interact with ocean waves and currents. This information allows for safer and more efficient design of harbours and other coastal structures.
The agroprocessing pilot facility plays a key role in research and development for the food and agroprocessing industry. Technology-based services and support to these industries are also offered through the facility.
The CSIR supports naval forces by developing optronics for improved maritime surveillance. To accurately test these systems while in the development phase, a simulator was developed that emulates a ship’s movement at sea.
The CSIR-hosted National Centre for Nanostructured Materials focuses on the modelling, synthesis, characterisation and fabrication of new and novel nano-structured materials.