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Australian Defence requirements and initiatives in smart materials and structures
Author(s): Alan R. Wilson; Stephen C. Galea; Christine Scala; Albert Wong
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Paper Abstract

The Australian Defence Force is increasingly facing escalating costs on through-life support for major platforms (ships, aircraft and land vehicles). The application of smart materials and structures technologies in platform management systems is seen as a very promising approach to reduce these costs and to potentially achieve significant enhancement of platform capability. A new DSTO Key Initiative, 'Smart Materials and Structures', has been recently developed and funded to address these technologies. The Initiative will build on and grow the current activities within DSTO and promote collaboration with external Australian institutes and industry. This paper will present an overview of the Initiative and the generic sensor and system issues inherent in the 'whole-of-platform' and 'whole-of-life' monitoring and management of major defence platforms. Examples for some particular elements of this will be drawn from current work in DSTO. Other presentations in the conference will cover the technical and scientific aspects of these in more detail.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 November 2002
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4934, Smart Materials II, (13 November 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.469046
Show Author Affiliations
Alan R. Wilson, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia)
Stephen C. Galea, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia)
Christine Scala, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia)
Albert Wong, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4934:
Smart Materials II
Alan R. Wilson, Editor(s)

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