has recently reinstated its capabilities to undertake research on
focus of the research work being undertaken is on the development of
next-generation anechoic material and radar absorbing material.
problem has already been solved—a method to upscale the
rubber production process for radar absorbing material from
successful lab-based work to full-scale manufacturing.
The rubber lab has also
proved useful as a source of support and advice to the Australian
Defence Force on rubber-related issues.
In response to a persistent
problem reported by the RAAF, the researchers undertook to develop,
manufacture and characterise a suite of new products.
undertaken in a secure environment, delivered outcomes in a greatly
reduced time span than would have otherwise occurred.
pilot plant manufacturing and testing facility is recognised to
be the best of its kind in Australia.
The achievement of this level of capability within the span of the past two years is also remarkable given the limited specialist advice available following the marked decline of the rubber industry in Australia.
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