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Scientific Infrastructure

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.

Biosafety level 3 research facilities

A controlled-access laboratory required for experiments involving hazard group 3 pathogens of high potential risk.
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Mobile intelligent autonomous systems laboratory

Features robotic platforms capable of autonomous navigation and manipulation, as well as an extensive range of sensors.
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Advanced materials testing laboratories

To test road building materials for road engineers, road owners, construction groups and consultants.
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Coastal and hydraulics laboratory

To physically model ports, harbours and other coastal engineering designs in fine detail.
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Microfluidic facility

To design and prototype microfluidic devices that cater for the flow of liquids in channels of micrometre size.
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Agroprocessing pilot facility

To undertake research and development for the food and agroprocessing industries.
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Solar photovoltaic power plant

For research on technologies and policies to support the increased use of renewable energy in South Africa.
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Computational fluid dynamics facility

Underpins integrated wind tunnel and experimental fluid dynamics studies in aerospace or industrial applications.
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Optronics motion simulation facility

Provides the hardware-in-the-loop simulation capability for optronic sensor systems research at the CSIR.
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Ship motion simulator

To support the naval forces by developing optronics for improved maritime surveillance.
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Suite of wind tunnels

To test, measure and evaluate aerodynamic design.
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Heavy vehicle simulator

To study how pavement structures and materials respond to wear and tear and for accelerated pavement testing.
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Biocomposites facility

A complete pilot production line for processing and analysing natural fibres and natural fibre-based composites.
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Electro-acoustic facility

To test acoustic sensitivity, acoustic beam-patterns and electrical properties of underwater sonar transmitters.
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CSIR-hosted National Integrated Cyber Infrastructure

For high-performance computing, high-speed network capacity and research data infrastructure.
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National Centre for Nano-structured Materials

For the modelling, synthesis, characterisation and fabrication of novel nano-structured materials with specific properties.
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