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Defence and RMIT to research advanced materials

1 March 2019
Prof Calum Drummond and Acting CDS Todd Mansell.
Prof Calum Drummond and Acting CDS Todd Mansell.

Defence Science and Technology (DST) and RMIT University have signed a new four-year collaboration agreement to undertake experimentation and testing on advanced materials and structures that will benefit the sustainment of future Defence platforms.

Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the agreement was another step in creating a sustainable sovereign capability for the assessment of new structures and materials.

"Next generation platforms are increasingly using new materials, such as composites, and Defence needs to understand the impact of these materials on military operations," Minister Pyne said.

"RMIT was chosen to undertake this work because of its reputation in the field of structural research, complementary facilities and ability to build strategic capability.

"This capability will support Defence's current and future needs across the aerospace, maritime and land domains."

Defence is providing funding of up to $3.6 million with RMIT contributing co-funding, complementary equipment and expertise.

The program will undertake underpinning and applied research projects to experiment and test emerging materials and structures.

"The program will also provide real-world learning and development opportunities in Defence applied sciences and engineering for students and researchers," Minister Pyne said.

The agreement was signed during the Avalon Air Show by the Acting Chief Defence Scientist Dr Todd Mansell and RMIT's Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation Professor Calum Drummond.