Maritime Australia Innovation Award – DMTC PhD Candidate Wins

DMTC sponsored PhD Candidate, Cameron Barr of the University of Melbourne, has won the Maritime Australia – Innovation Award 2013 “Young Innovator Scholarship for Defence Industry Innovation”. This award was presented at the Pacific 2013 International Maritime Exposition in Sydney and recognises individuals who are leaders in naval technologies and innovation.

Cameron was presented the award as a result of his outstanding research that forms part of DMTC’s project in extending the service life of nickel aluminium bronze components. These components form an integral part of naval systems owing to their high strength, high corrosion resistance and resistance to bio-fouling. This project focuses on: developing a new weld repair technique to return damaged NAB components back to service, eliminating the costly regime of replacing corroded components; developing a new surfacing regime to eliminate the selectively corroding lamellar phase, thereby enhancing corrosion resistance and maximising intervals between servicing, and; investigating new processing methods to capitalise on recent developments in ultra-fine grained materials which have been shown to enhance both strength and corrosion resistance.

Cameron’s work has also saw him receive the “Borland Forum Award’ as part of the Borland Forum run by Materials Australia. Cameron’s presentation was on ultra-fine grain aluminium bronze alloys.

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DSTO Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia

The DMTC Armour Applications Program has been awarded the 2013 Defence Science and Technology Organisation Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia.

The team working in the Armour Applications Program includes representatives from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Thales Australia, Bluescope Steel, Bisalloy Steels, University of Wollongong, The University of Melbourne, Defence Science and Technology Organisation and Swinburne University of Technology.

The Armour Applications Program has won the 2013 Australian Museum Defence Science and Technology Organisation Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia for their contributions to safety and performance through advancing material and manufacturing techniques.

“These new materials and manufacturing techniques are already protecting Australian troops in Afghanistan,” the Director of the Australian Museum, Frank Howarth said. “They will lead to a safer environment for all of us.”

A big congratulations goes to all who have participated in the Armour Applications Program and contributed to DMTC winning this prestigious award.

To watch the video announcing the DMTC Armour Applications Program as the winners of this award please click here.

To watch the youtube video describing the DMTC Armour Applications Program please click here.

To see all the finalists and winners of the 2013 Eureka Prizes, click here.

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Titanium Technologies Workshop Report

The DMTC with support from the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE), conducted a series of workshops to discuss research, opportunities, challenges and barriers in the Australia titanium sector. The objective of the workshops was to identify what the future direction of the titanium industry is in Australia.

This study has presented a sector which, although highly capable in key areas, continues to face considerable challenges in terms of matching technology supply and demand driven by global market trends. These factors frame the discussion on future investment in titanium technologies for government, industry and research sector organisations, and provide a key starting point for future discussions with the Australian industry sector.

The full report can be found here.

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DMTC Armour Program shortlisted for presigious Eureka Prize

DMTC’s breakthrough research into protection and improved manufacturing processes for protected mobility vehicles has been shortlisted for a prestigious Eureka Prize in the “Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia” category. Finalists for the awards were announced on 2 August.

The work represents the best examples of collaboration with a range of industry and research sector partners including:

  • Thales Australia
  • Bluescope Steel
  • FCST
  • ADA
  • Seal Solutions
  • Bisalloy
  • DSTO
  • The University of Wollongong
  • Swinburne University
  • The University of Melbourne, and

and has already led to some significant advances in production and protective capability that will continue to protect our front-line personnel against evolving threats in mounted and dismounted operations.  DMTC is delighted to have been shortlisted for this award and congratulates each of our partner organisations for their critical contributions and the collaborative manner in which the work has progressed.

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