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Defence Research

Partner with us for unparalleled research capability to contribute to the nation’s defence

Protecting national security and anticipating the risks of tomorrow requires constant innovation. Access world-class expertise and leverage the research power of Australia’s most innovative university*.

To find out how Monash University can boost your defence capability, contact us.

Leverage our research expertise

Monash has world-class infrastructure and the entrepreneurial ecosystem necessary to be at the forefront of change. Our diverse interdisciplinary teams are tackling today’s challenges and anticipating those of tomorrow. Leverage the power of our research capabilities in land, sea and air domains to transform the future of the Australian defence industry.

  • Metals and alloys

    The number 1 university in Australia for materials research^, and top 10 in the world for metallurgy^, there’s no better partner in the nation for structural materials. Leverage our world-class expertise in steels, aluminium, titanium, bronzes and brasses to strengthen and protect every structure.

  • Additive manufacturing

    At Monash you’ll access research across the additive manufacturing value chain, including engineering design, process control, alloy design and processing, surface finishing, and qualification and testing. Work with us to design stronger, lighter and more cost-effective components with improved efficiency and performance. Providing world-class infrastructure, expertise and collaborative opportunities the Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing takes fundamental research from a broad range of disciplines and applies them to manufacturing challenges.

  • Fluid structure interactions

    Monash is home to one of the world’s leading labs in particle image velocimetry and its application to fluid mechanics and turbulence. We offer unparalleled research and testing capabilities through our horizontal and vertical test tunnels, water jet facility, wind tunnel, gas supersonic jet visualisation facility and heat jet facility. Our experimental capability is complemented by direct numerical simulation of turbulence, and large-eddy simulation to predict turbulence-generated noise.

  • Decision-making

    Informed decision-making is a major determinant of mission success. The Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience (MICCN) undertakes research into how real-world decision-making can be enhanced and protected from the impact of challenging operational conditions, including sleep deprivation and circadian misalignment. Through our capability, investigate how AI, virtual and augmented reality, or brain-computer interfaces can also be used to support effective decision making, automation and performing advanced reasoning.

  • Student engagement

    Foster early career connections with the most motivated and high-achieving Monash University students with our Co-operative Education Program (Co-op) or Graduate Research Industry Placements. Our students gain industry experience and enhanced career opportunities, while you access the best and brightest minds ready to address your business needs.

Defence and Science Technology (DST) Group Research projects

Fluid Mechanics (Surface Roughness)

Professor Julio Soria, Director of Monash University’s Laboratory for Turbulence Research in Aerospace and Combustion (LTRAC) has a project-based scholarship with the Defence Science and Technology Group of the Department of Defence Maritime Division for the study of the influence of surface roughness on boundary layer and wake structure.

Decision-making for Defence

MICCN Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Alex Wolkow is investigating decision making under sleep loss and circadian misalignment in a collaborative partnership with DST Group via a three-year top-up scholarship scheme.

Read more about Decision-making for Defence and how MICCN is helping to keep you safe

Predicting noise generation in turbulent boundary layers

Professors Hugh Blackburn and Murray Rudman have a computational project-based Ph.D. scholarship with the Defence Science & Technology Group of the Department of Defence Maritime Division on predicting the generation of noise in turbulent boundary layers such as those that occur around submarines and other naval platforms.

We’re currently looking for a PhD student to work on this project. If you’re interested, please contact Prof. Murray Rudman.
(must be an Australian citizen to be eligible to apply)

Maritime Graduate Research Collaboration

Developing agents of change for advancing the Australian defence industry

The Maritime Graduate Research Collaboration (MGRC) will bring together an elite group of graduate researchers (PhD students) and established academics from Engineering, Information Technology and Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences with partners from business, government and others within the community to focus on the key challenges and opportunities specific to the defence industry.

The MGRC will address priorities nominated by Defence – The Seaworthy Fleet, and Decision Superiority – that contribute to the acquisition, operation, and sustainment of submarines, frigates, and offshore patrol vessels as well as other industry specific challenges and opportunities.

Benefits of partnering with MGRC

  • Access the latest research breakthroughs
  • Talent development and recruitment
  • Opportunity to participate in multi-disciplinary collaborations
  • Cost competitive
  • Priority access to Monash’s infrastructure, worth >100M

Contact us

Leverage the power of Australia’s most innovative university*

Find out how Monash University can boost your defence capability. Contact:

Professor Chris Davies
Head of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department

*Reuters Top 75: Asia Pacific's Most Innovative Universities

^ Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2018