A forthcoming event under the UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) programme will launch the search for innovative joining technologies that enable the use of advanced materials and/or designs on military platforms in land, sea and air environments. This campaign will be supported in Australia by the Next Generation Technologies Fund in a parallel competition.

Many different materials are within scope, including joining combinations of composites, metals, ceramics and polymers. Potential joining solutions should provide enhanced capability through one of the following:
• improved performance through use of new material combinations or structural designs;
• improved durability of structures through better joints;
• improved ability to maintain joints through the life of the military platform.

Phase 1 of the campaign will have £500k available to fund multiple proposals. It is anticipated that additional funding will be available for further phases.

The launch event will be held in London on 28 November (click here for details) to enable interested parties to learn more about the competition, meet the DASA team and scientists from the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory.

Britain and Australia seek innovative methods of joining dissimilar materials for defence applications. (Photo via UK Ministry of Defence)

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