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DEADLINE ALERT – DST calls for EOIs for composite aircraft structure service life management

This research will focus on composite aircraft structures typical of HALE UAVs such as the MQ-4 Triton. Photo: DST

DST is inviting Expressions of Interest (EoI) from Australian universities to partner with DST’s Aerospace Division in helping develop a material state prediction capability for the in-service life management of composite aircraft structures.
Submissions close November 6, 2020

DST is inviting EoIs to partner with Defence in delivering the modelling development and analysis component of this work program. The work program will create scientific knowledge and develop an analysis methodology for reliable prediction of the strength and fatigue life of impact-damaged composite aircraft structures. It will be undertaken with a focus on composite aircraft structures typical to high-altitude long-range UAVs.

The research approach will integrate fatigue testing with modelling development and analysis at the coupon and element levels, supported by the development of a complementary material state awareness capability. This is envisaged to deliver Defence outcomes including increased operational availability and reduced cost of ownership.

Submissions should be in pdf format and sent via email to More information available here.

Submissions close November 6, 2020.

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