Dr Tuan Ngo’s team wins national Defence Materials Technology Centre award

Dr Tuan Ngo and his team
Dr Tuan Ngo and his team

Dr Tuan Ngo from the Department of Infrastructure Engineering and his research team have taken out a national award for their work in creating new protective materials to enhance the safety of military vehicles.

The Capability Improvement Award was presented at the recent Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) conference in Canberra on 26 March. The prize was awarded for the team’s Armour Applications Program, focusing on developing new materials and optimised systems to enhance blast and ballistic protection as well as mobility of the Bushmaster and Hawkei military vehicles.

The team has developed novel material testing and characterisation techniques and a multi-scale simulation framework for modelling ultra-high strength armour materials and vehicle structural components subjected to extreme mine blasts and ballistic attacks.
The group has been working in close collaboration with industry partners, the Thales Group, to develop a unique structural optimisation algorithm to reduce weight and increase mobility for military vehicles. Dr Ngo has also developed new innovative hybrid composite structures which can significantly enhance the protection of vehicles, structures and humans against shocks and impacts.

The team also includes University of Wollongong, DSTO, ANSTO, Blue Scope Steel, Bisalloy and Swinburne University.

At the conference, Federal Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, also announced an extension of funding for three years, for the DMTC, of which the University of Melbourne is core participant.

“This will enable the DMTC to continue to drive the creation of Australian industry capability and Australian jobs in advanced manufacturing and associated technologies,” Mr Robert said.

The DMTC assists Australian defence industry to develop world leading technology, which provides Australian industry with the potential to compete in the global defence marketplace.