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DST and UQ announce collaboration for high-speed flight research

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Defence Science and Technology (DST) and the University of Queensland (UQ) have announced a collaboration agreement to undertake advanced research in flight science and enabling technologies.

Defence Science and Technology (DST) and the University of Queensland (UQ) have announced a collaboration agreement to undertake advanced research in flight science and enabling technologies.

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.

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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.

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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.
DST and UQ announce collaboration for high-speed flight research
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