QinetiQ Australia and the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group) have commenced work on world-leading collaborative research in composites testing and analysis to model and predict damage growth in Australian Defence Force (ADF) aircraft.
This is the first collaborative research project to be conducted under the Strategic Alliance signed in March 2016 between QinetiQ Australia and DST Group.
The Strategic Alliance capitalises on the long-standing and deep partnership between the organisations with a commitment to undertake collaborative Research and Development (R&D) in areas of strategic importance to the ADF.
Over the next few years, QinetiQ and DST Group engineers will test and analyse composite structures in ADF aircraft to better understand the causes, characteristics, detectability and growth of damage, and develop methods for predicting the life of damaged structures. The outcomes will benefit both current fleets and future designs.
Managing Director of QinetiQ Australia Greg Barsby said: “The combined strength of QinetiQ Australia’s team of aircraft structural integrity (ASI) engineers with DST Group’s scientific innovation will aim to bring real capability outcomes to the ADF's current and future fleet.”
Chief Engineer of QinetiQ Australia Michael Houston said: “Composites, in particular carbon fibre reinforced polymers, are increasingly being used for significant structural components in both commercial and military aircraft. Together with DST Group, we will utilise our decades of experience in ASI and structural testing to develop damage assessment methods that will allow the ADF to maximise the benefits that composite structures offer.”
Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky added: “Collaborating with QinetiQ Australia on this research project has excellent potential to deepen our understanding of the performance of composites and how they fail in service, leading to improved detection and modelling techniques. This will result in significant savings and capability enhancements for the ADF.”
Under the Strategic Alliance, QinetiQ Australia and DST Group will also support the ongoing professional development, retention and career progression of each other’s staff through training activities and employee rotations.
Notes for Editors:
- Listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: QQ.L), QinetiQ is a leading science and engineering company operating primarily in the defence, security and aerospace markets. Our customers are predominantly government organisations including defence departments, as well as international customers in other targeted sectors.
- As part of the QinetiQ company, QinetiQ Australia has 350 specialist staff located across Australia who use their know-how to deliver trusted and independent value solutions to Australian defence and government organisations across air, land, sea and information domains as well as the rail and mining industries.
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- The DST Group is part of Australia's Department of Defence. It is the second largest public-funded research and development organisation in Australia and is responsible for applying science and technology to safeguard Australia and its national interests. For more information go to www.dsto.defence.gov.au
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