Williams Advanced Engineering creates lightweight structures to secure troops

Williams Advanced Engineering (Grove, U.K.) is working with the U.K’s. Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and Defense and Security Accelerator (DASA) to create composite 3D structures for combat zone cover insurance for troops, utilizing Williams’ Formula One-determined technology and procedures.

Williams Advanced Engineering, the engineering and services business from the Williams Group that likewise incorporates the ROKiT Williams Racing Formula One Team, has created patent-pending composites technologies and procedures empowering the making of solid and defensive, yet lightweight, structures. The organization will actualize its restrictive technology in the DASA “Take Cover” rivalry, which calls for innovative ways to battlefield protective structures. Williams trusts that its proposal will empower the U.K. Ministry of Defense (MOD) to turn into a leader in implementing advanced composite materials over the majority of its operational activities.

Williams’ composites technology is said to empower innovative ways to deal with the utilization of fiber-reinforced polymer and unlocks the utilization of composites for modular structures, taking into account the integration of varying levels of protection, depending on the requirement.

On the battlefield, limiting the weight of equipment is essential, decreasing the logistic burden as well as the burden on the person. The material properties of composites are said to offer huge mass favorable position over traditional materials, for example, steels and other alloys, however issues encompassing creation tooling, simplicity of dealing with and cost have obliged composites to low-volume high-performance applications. This was the driving factor behind Williams Advanced Engineering innovating a new composites technology to revolutionize applications where quick production, simplicity of assembly and low cost are essential.

Current brief structures utilized on the combat zone traditionally use materials, for example, corrugated iron, sandbags and mechanical fasteners, the weight and volume of which can prompt troubles encompassing transportation and on-the-ground deployment. Williams Advanced Engineering likewise says that the mechanical properties, for example, the particular strength, of corrugated iron are often significantly lower than that a comparable piece made of glass fiber-reinforced polymer.

The organization says its capacity to actualize an assortment of fiber types relying upon the application will empower them to manufacture equipment to secure against dangers, for example, blasts, fragmentation, ground shock, or thermal detection.

“DASA was created to find and fund exploitable innovation for defense and security,” says Dr. Adam Staines, DASA delivery lead. “Key for this mission is wider engagement with non-traditional suppliers across a range of industrial sectors. Accessing cutting-edge technology developed initially for Formula One is a prime example of this engagement. Lightweight foldable materials which can be assembled quickly to provide protection for troops was a key aim of this DASA themed competition. In addition to protecting troops and saving lives on the battlefield this technology has potential uses for domestic security and humanitarian applications.”

“To think that innovations from the team here at Williams Advanced Engineering can deliver enhanced, lighter protection for the Armed Forces is a great feeling for us,” says Craig Wilson, managing director of Williams Advanced Engineering. “We look forward to working with Dstl and DASA to enable deployment of our technology by service personnel for their protection.”

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