Materials Research and Development in UK MOD and the role of Light AlloysWednesday (06.11.2019) 16:40 - 17:00 Part of:
The purpose of MOD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is to deliver high-impact science and technology (S&T) for the UK's defence, security and prosperity. Dstl delivers 25 S&T programmes which represents a total investment of c. £625M per year. The programmes are delivered through a combination of specialised in-house capabilities and a UK-wide supplier base of academia, research and technology organisations and all sizes of industry. One of the 25 programmes is the Materials for Strategic Advantage (MSA) Programme, which has a mandate to deliver £12M/year of high innovation / high risk materials and structures research and development. The MSA Programme covers, with a few niche exceptions, all types of structural and functional materials for exploitation across air, land and maritime domains. One of its key challenges is to deliver innovation to reduce weight in military platforms without compromising performance, lethality, survivability and affordability; the science and technology of the structural light alloys form a key pillar of how we rise to the light weighting challenge. Light alloy S&T is developing all the time, driven by advances across the range of length scales from improved microstructural understanding to new manufacturing processes, and defence must keep pace with, leverage and in some cases drive these advances. Dstl is currently working to deliver a Light Alloys S&T strategy to prioritise our investment to keep our armed forces at the leading edge of capability for the 21st century.