The Centre for Protective Technology (CPT) was set up in 1998 in a joint effort with the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) as part of its efforts to synergise with the NUS Faculty of Engineering’s research expertise. The CPT spearheads efforts to develop protective technology, as well as provide scientific and engineering solutions to meet national needs in weapon and defence systems, and to address emerging national challenges for both government and industry.
Activities at CPT include:
Focused research and development work in protective technology, with emphasis in areas of national importance
Research and development collaboration with foreign institutions and industry through technology transfers
Acting as a resource centre in protective technology
Providing specialised advisory services to government bodies and industry
Structure tested for 5-tonne blasting in Australia
RS3 walls after the 5-tonne blasting
In the past, the focus of CPT was on protective technology against Structure tested for 5-tonne blasting in Australia conventional modes of attack. After the terrorist strike of 11 September 2001, the CPT re-directed its research towards more emphasis on protecting civilian infrastructures against less conventional modes of attack. We are currently engaged in researching and developing conventional protective technology but our long-term aim is to achieve rapid improvements in building systems against such attacks, as well as to develop new blast-resistant and hardened materials that can cope with new threats. We are also entering into partnerships with local enterprises to design turn-key protective systems for infrastructures.
The Centre has received approximately $1 million of research grants and contracts annually.