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AFRL Continues to Find Ways toDecrease Air Vehicle Costs AFRL Continues to Find Ways to Decrease Air Vehicle Costs
An AFRL-led team determined that an air vehicle's pressure gradient can mitigate the detrimental effect that small surface defects have on air vehicle performance. This finding may result in less restrictive manufacturing tolerances, reducing air vehicle manufacturing and maintenance expenses. During the 1940s and 1950s, scientists conducted
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Manufacturing Technology Program Reduces
B-2 Bomber Fleet Maintenance Time Manufacturing Technology Program Reduces
The B-2 Systems Group initiated a major effort to improve the B-2 fleet mission capability (MC) rate. This effort involved the removal of the tape that covers access panel gaps and fasteners, followed by the replacement of the tape with a material known as alternate high-frequency material (AHFM). AHFM exposes the gaps and fasteners, allowing easy
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AFRL Develops Hot Air Module
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AFRL and Karta Technologies, Inc., developed a hot air module (HAM) at the request of the B-2 Systems Group. The B-2 Systems Group requested a small, portable heat source with high-temperature capability to provide the heat and pressure needed to make high-quality composite repairs. The group wanted the unit's individual pieces to weigh less than
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New Triservice Collaboration Unites Propulsion Community New Triservice Collaboration Unites
A unique triservice collaboration known as Propulsion - Safety, Affordability, and Readiness (P-SAR) is unifying the propulsion community to achieve common sustainment goals across the Army, Navy, and Air Force fleets. Originally conceived in 2005 as a follow-on effort to the highly successful High-Cycle Fatigue (HCF) program, P-SAR has quickly
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AFRL Aids Memphis Belle Restoration Effort AFRL Aids Memphis Belle Restoration Effort
In October 2005, the Memphis Belle, a Boeing B-17 that flew 25 missions during World War II and took part in the war bond tours, transferred from the Memphis Belle Memorial Association to the National Museum of the United States Air Force (NMUSAF). In 1946, the aircraft flew to Memphis, where it remained on display outside the National Guard Armory
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Default Air Force Logo AFRL and AFIT Develop Tanker Fleet Replacement Model
With 90% of Air Force (AF) tankers approaching 50 years of service, the replacement or recapitalization of the fleet is an AF priority. Accordingly, AFRL and the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) developed an objective model to provide insight into the costs and benefits of various existing and potential fleet replacement proposals. Age and
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Aerial Multiaxis Platform Enhances Air Force Depaint and Maintenance Operations Aerial Multiaxis Platform Enhances Air Force Depaint and Maintenance Operations
AFRL partnered with US Technology Corporation (Canton, Ohio) to develop and implement a low-cost and highly effective aerial-based, semiautomated system for performing maintenance, repair, and overhaul work. This revolutionary system, the Aerial Multiaxis Platform (AMP), successfully integrates advanced depainting concepts with coordinated control
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AFRL Conducts Successful Tests of Mechanically Attached Blanket AFRL Conducts Successful Tests of Mechanically Attached Blanket
AFRL engineers completed testing of three mechanically attached blankets designed to improve current thermal protection systems (TPS) for reusable space access vehicles. These flexible, insulating blankets are easier to attach and remove than the current adhesive tile TPS used on the space shuttle and other reentry vehicles subjected to high heat
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AFRL Researchers Demonstrate Fuel Cell Powered With JP-8 
AFRL Researchers Demonstrate Fuel Cell Powered With JP-8
AFRL researchers demonstrated a planar solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) running on logistic fuel (JP-8) to the US Army Corps of Engineers. The device that made this demonstration possible is the logistic fuel processor (LFP), developed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. The LFP, which uses steam reforming technology to convert JP-8 into fuel suitable
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Default Air Force Logo AFRL Alternatives Planning Technology Aids Decision Makers
Department of Defense (DoD) professionals frequently confront daunting amounts of data that, considered collectively, contribute to an informed decision but, viewed individually, mean nothing or add no value. Many times, this data represents inexplicit averages, approximations, and expert opinion. AFRL scientist and engineers have developed a
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