These three key research themes flow through the Research Training Centre - design, construction and sustainment. The Centre combined the disciplines of structural and material science; advanced manufacturing; electrical and electronic engineering; and maritime engineering in a cross-disciplinary approach to change Australia's future in naval Defence manufacturing. This will be achieved in the first three years with specific application and links to the four most important naval Defence projects: SEA1000 (Future Submarines), SEA5000 (Future Frigates), SEA1180 (Patrol Boats) and Collins Class (submarines) sustainment.
Specifically, the nominated research themes tackled:
- Naval platform design - fluid structure interaction;
- Naval platform construction - advanced materials and automated joining processes; and
- Naval platform sustainment - reliability based maintenance and condition-based monitoring.
Naval Platform Design - Fluid Structure Interaction
The research question answered within this theme was – how can vessel loads and motions be predicted and controlled when vessels are exposed to design limiting forces and manoeuvres?
Answering the key research questions in this theme will transform the design process and result in substantially more efficient and fit-for-purpose naval platform designs.
Naval Platform Construction - Advanced Materials and Automated Joining Processes
The research question answered within this theme was – how can manufacturing processes be advanced to maximise productivity and build quality?
Solving these research problems will lead to more advanced processes to maximise productivity and quality for manufacturing naval platforms
Naval Platform Sustainment - Reliability Based Maintenance and Condition-Based Monitoring
The research question answered within this theme was – how can reliability-based maintenance and condition-based monitoring be integrated into the design and manufacture processes to increase capability and longevity?
Outcomes from this research theme will provide naval platforms that have extended life spans with greater operational capability and profiles.
Significance and Innovation
This project created a Training Centre to provide exceptional opportunities for 9 higher degree by research students and 4 postdoctoral research fellows to undertake a combination of research and professional training in an industrial environment. Each student and postdoctoral fellow worked on a specific industry-driven research project in collaboration with researchers from universities (AMC/UTAS, UoW and Flinders) and government organisations (DST Group and DMTC).