2013 Defence Science and Technology Organisation Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia

Providing the very stuff of protection.

From keeping Australian troops safe from explosions, to ensuring military vehicles can maintain flexibility on damaged roads, the Armour Applications Program of the Defence Materials Technology Centre have pioneered and commercialised high-performance materials.

For their contributions to safety and performance, the Armour Applications Program has won the 2013 Australian Museum Defence Science and Technology Organisation Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia.

Through collaborative research involving computer modelling, explosives, design, stress measurement, high-speed cameras, and new welding techniques, the team’s work has led to technologies and systems with improved blast performance, reduced weight and greater flexibility.

“These new materials and manufacturing techniques are already protecting Australian troops in Afghanistan,” the Director of the Australian Museum, Frank Howarth said. “They will lead to a safer environment for all of us.”

The team working in the Armour Applications Program includes representatives from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, defence contractors Thales Australia, armour manufacturers Bluescope Steel, the University of Wollongong, Bisalloy Steels, The University of Melbourne, Defence Science and Technology Organisation and Swinburne University of Technology.

The other finalist for this prize was Professor of Innovation and Computing at Macquarie University, Vijay Varadharajan, who has developed technologies to protect data stored on the cloud from cyber-attack.

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research and innovation, leadership and commercialisation, science journalism and communication, and school science. This year the 17 sponsored prizes also include awards for agriculture, environment, infectious diseases and innovative use of technology.

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Kea Lambert , Project Officer, Eureka Prizes
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