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Our scientific output includes report literature

Our scientific and technical publications are an important vehicle for the dissemination of our work. 

We have several goals for our publications:

  • To communicate the results of the research program to clients and fulfil our reporting responsibilities to the Department of Defence.
  • To record the results of our research program.
  • To communicate the results of scientific research and technical information to Australian industry and academia.
  • To increase awareness of and enhance the reputation of DST Group.

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Latest scientific publications

Technical report
Technical report
In the maritime environment, radar detection unavoidably needs to deal with unwanted signals, primarily sea clutter (echoes from the sea surface). This report focuses on the non-coherent detection of Gaussian targets (Swerling II targets) in the compound K-distributed clutter environment.
Technical report
Technical report
Water tunnels have some definite advantages over wind tunnels for aerodynamic testing of models. Water tunnels are generally better suited to carrying out fundamental research than they are for applied aerodynamics testing.
Technical report
Technical report
This investigation was to understand the chemical composition of the seeds of the castor bean plant Ricinus communis, and to ascertain if these differences could be used for provenance classification.
Technical note
Technical note
The Dynamic Aerospace Vehicle Exchange Markup Language (DAVE-ML) is a syntactical language for exchanging flight vehicle dynamic model data. This report documents a DAVE-ML consistent syntax for managing data as vectors and n-dimensional matrices, including syntax for computing vectors and matrices using equations, and examples of encoding data using the syntax.
Technical note
Technical note
A biofouling treatment protocol for Royal Australian Navy vessels involves dosing with commercial disinfectant solutions containing the biocide benzalkonium chloride (BAC). In this work a single pulse proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopic method was developed in order to permit the determination of BAC content in commercial formulations without suppression of the water resonance.
Technical report
Technical report
DSTO, in collaboration with DNPS, have undertaken a series of calm water resistance scaled model tests on the Armidale Class Patrol Boat, (ACPB) to deveop a database set for validation studies.
General document
General document
This review provides an overview of the technologies and issues relevant to future dismounted soldier power systems.
Technical report
Technical report
This report describes the development of a Thermal Wave Interferometry (TWI) system for the characterisation of film thickness. The capability addresses the need for a method to assess bondline uniformity for the compact multi-parameter load evaluation (CMPLE ) device, a low-cost surface-mounted sensor package with an in-flight strain measurement capability.
Technical report
Technical report
DSTO has designed a modular, scalable, flexible, and robust spoken natural language (SNL) -aware system. It is designed to be increasingly sophisticated and responsive to users, and adaptable to relevant developments in language technologies and software development.
Technical report
Technical report
This report describes the development of a Thermal Wave Interferometry (TWI) system for the characterisation of film thickness. The system was shown to resolve variations in paint thickness of less than 1.5 μm

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