The $10 million agreement will see the consolidation of both parties' test facilities to help muster the expertise of academic and industry researchers and international partners.
Professor Richard Morgan, UQ's director of the Centre for Hypersonics, has been appointed to provide expertise in the development and operation of advanced large-scale test facilities and facilitate close collaboration under the agreement.
Professor Morgan is the only non-US scientist to have received a hypersonic systems and technologies award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
High-speed flight science is one of the priority areas to be developed under the Next Generation Technologies Fund, a program focusing on research and development in emerging future technologies.
UQ have undertaken major research projects on hypersonic aerodynamics over the past two decades, and the centre lists its objectives as:
- to provide visible international leadership in the centre's areas of expertise in hypersonics;
- to maintain a high level of activity in both fundamental and applied research;
- to provide graduate and undergraduate training opportunities of the highest international standards; and
- to play a pivotal role as collaborators in major international projects.
The centre's areas of expertise are:
- Development of test facilities based on shock wave generation (shock tunnels, expansion tunnels, light-gas guns, blast generators);
- Scramjet propulsion (experiment, analysis and design);
- Rocket-launched flight testing;
- Aerothermodynamic experimentation and analysis;
- Advanced instrumentation for aerodynamic measurements;
- Computational fluid dynamic analysis of high-speed transient and steady flows; and
- Optical diagnostics for hypervelocity superorbital flow.