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Australian researchers improving world’s aerospace

11 June 2004

Studies show that 15% of all aeroplane accidents occur due to human error during maintenance procedures. Now a new project is underway to lower this alarming statistic by developing a system to automatically test planes for structural breakdown.

Australian Government Science Minister Peter McGauran today announced $3.6 million in innovation funding for eight research organisations including the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Advanced Composite Structures.

“The CRC for Advanced Composite Structures is collaborating with European researchers to make air travel safer by indentifying maintenance requirements of aeroplanes, including the new Airbus and Boeing 7E7,” Minister McGauran said.

“By identifying current maintenance problems future aeroplane designs can be made more efficient and the incidence of aeroplane failure reduced. This research will improve air travel for passengers and reduce maintenance costs for the Australian and international aircraft industry.

“The CRC has already gained European funding support and been invited to be a partner in three complementary European Union programs relating to the strucural integrity of aeroplanes.

“Other projects to receive funding include the University of New South Wales which has developed a system to analyse single human cells for research and clinical diagnosis of diseases and Evogenix which is providing technology options to identify human antibodies to be used in therapeutic drugs,” Minister McGauran said.

Details of the successful projects are available at

Further information: Jodie Naismith (Minister McGauran’s office) 03 9639 3199 or 0419 622 915