30 April 2018
The Cooperative Research Centre Project for Hydrocarbon Fuel Technology for Hypersonic Air Breathing Vehicles, funded by the Australian Government, produces revolutionary combustor wall technology to enable hypersonic flight.
DefendTex Pty Ltd CEO Travis Reddy said that as the industry lead for this Cooperative Research Centre Project, DefendTex Pty Ltd is pleased with the progress of this research involving experts in hypersonics from the RMIT University, UNSW Canberra, UNSW Sydney and Universität der Bundeswher.
Mr Reddy said, “We are the first in Australia to 3D print an actively cooled combustor wall”. The new combustor wall is designed to take liquid hydrocarbon fuels and crack the long hydrocarbon chains into shorter, gaseous molecules that can burn more rapidly within the scramjet. Together with a new laser spark device which ignites the fuel, we are generating ground breaking advancements in hypersonic research.”
“This new technology solves some significant logistical challenges by replacing hydrogen fuels which are difficult to store and transport, with hydrocarbon or regular aviation fuel. This will bring Australia a step closer to fast commercial flight, cost effective space launch services and other benefits for the defence industry” Mr Reddy said.
The research project will continue until June 2019 and has been funded by the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centre Programme for $2.48 Million. The total project is valued at $9.6 Million.
DefendTex Pty Ltd is an Australian company specialising in research, development and commercialisation of technology for the military and law enforcement markets.