||Technology in Australia 1788-1988
Table of Contents
I Colonial Origins
II First World War
III Between The World Wars
IV The Second World War
V Post-second World War
VI After The Joint Project
VII Science And Decisions At The Top
VIII Armed Services Technology
IX New Tasks And Projects
X Transfer Of Research And Development
Transfer Of Research And Development (continued)
At a time when Australia seemed to have no prospect of finding oil or gas, engineers at ARL were engaged in the development of a coal burning gas turbine. It happened that just as it was ready for use, gas and oil were discovered in Australia and the project was terminated. Nevertheless, much was learnt, and transferred to industry about blade design, ash separation and coal properties.
Efforts have been made continuously by defence scientists and engineers to interest industrialists in the exploitation of their work. At the Paris Air Show in June 1985, as a recent example, several products in which DSTO had had a significant input were displayed. These included a pilot's glove which measures control stick forces, a doppler navigator trainer for helicopter pilots, a fatigue life meter for helicopter engines, a remote air-to-air control system for parachutes, and air drop water containers.
In the history of Australian defence, science has played a significant role in peace and in war. In peace by developing new equipment against contingency, by facilitating technology transfer from overseas, by advice which enables the defence forces to become informed buyers, and by assistance in the maintenance and repair of equipment. In times of financial stringency, competition for the defence dollar has often led to pressure to reduce the amount spent on research. As the defence scientists have more closely identified themselves with the armed services this will, we hope, become less likely in the future.
Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Aeronautical Research Laboratories
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