13 November 2002 Australian defence requirements and initiatives in smart materials and structures
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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.
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Alan R. Wilson, Alan R. Wilson, Stephen C. Galea, Stephen C. Galea, Christine Scala, Christine Scala, Albert Wong, Albert Wong, "Australian defence requirements and initiatives in smart materials and structures", Proc. SPIE 4934, Smart Materials II, (13 November 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.469046; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.469046

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