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The enabling attributes of Gallium Liquid Metal Alloys (GaLMAs) make them ideal for 3D freestanding liquid metal structures, as demonstrated by these GaLMA “snowmen.” These structures can lead to the development of three-dimensional circuitry. (U.S. Air Force photo) Gallium alloys could be the future of radio frequency electronics
Electronic circuits and antennas for integral Air Force systems and tasks could one day receive a boost in effectiveness, thanks to the research and development of Gallium Liquid Metal Alloys (GaLMAs) underway at the Air Force Research Laboratory.GaLMAs are composed of the liquid metal, gallium, and other conductive metals.  They are being
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2016
Nobel Prize winning scientist Dr. Alan J. Heeger, along with colleague Dr. Xiong Gong, visited the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate on January 26, 2016, to present their research in room-temperature ultrasensitive photodetectors. (U.S. Air Force photo/David Dixon) Nobel Laureate visits AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate
Dr. Alan J. Heeger, recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, visited the Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate on January 26, 2016, to present his work with room-temperature ultrasensitive photodetectors.Heeger, who received the Nobel Prize for his breakthrough discovery and development of
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2016
AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate technician Mr. Adam Long uses protective gear and a fume hood as he safely handles chemicals in the Structural Failure Analysis laboratory. (U.S. Air Force photo/David Dixon) "Safety first" at AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate
Safety took top billing as the Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate observed its annual Safety Down Day Jan. 21.The all-day event included presentations, vendor displays, individual group sessions, and special guest speakers.  All personnel were encouraged to devote the day to learning about safety as well as
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2016
Mr. Thomas Lockhart, Director of the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, along with Deputy Director Lt. Col. Frederick Hunt and Mr. Michael Cleary, presented the directorate’s top award, the Cleary Scientific Achievement Award, to the Multiferroics Team at the 63rd Annual Awards luncheon, held January 22, 2016.  From left to right:  Mr. Thomas Lockhart, Dr. John Jones, Dr. Gail Brown, Mr. Michael Cleary, Dr. Brandon Howe, and Lt. Col. Frederick Hunt.  (U.S. Air Force photo/David Dixon) AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate honors year's top performers
The Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate honored their brightest and most talented performers at the 63rd annual awards luncheon, Friday, January 22, at the Hope Hotel and Conference Center.The crowd was welcomed by Mr. Thomas Lockhart, Director of the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, who took the
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2016
Kerianne Gross and Dr. Dan Berrigan (left), architects of AFRL Inspire, served as the event’s emcees.  Also pictured are four presenters from the inaugural AFRL Inspire event. From left: Dr. Moriba Jah, Dr. Jeff Calcaterra, Dr. Robert Fugate, and Dr. Nandini Iyer. (U.S. Air Force photo / Mikee Huber) Event inspires AFRL workforce, future scientists and engineers
"No matter what you do, the Air Force is counting on you to make a difference. You are all Department of Defense (DoD) research scientists - you're comic book characters... you make the stuff that supports heroes."These words from Air Force Research Laboratory materials engineer, Dr. Jeff Calcaterra, were one of many inspirational messages shared
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2016
Mr. Thomas Lockhart, Director of the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (left) and Lt. Col. Frederick Hunt present Mr. Alan Fletcher with the Command Civilian Award for Valor for his quick-thinking response to save a fellow driver from possible harm.  Mr. Fletcher incurred numerous injuries as a result of his actions.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Lori
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AFRL engineer earns valor award for quick act of bravery
In recognition of acts of bravery that prevented harm to a fellow citizen, Mr. Alan Fletcher of the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate was recently honored with the Command Civilian Award for Valor.On July 18, 2014, Mr. Fletcher, a Principal Materials Engineer, was traveling by automobile on a temporary duty assignment when two cars and a
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2015
Natural Power Concepts personnel and Lt Col Scott Fitzner of the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate inspect the Spoke Wheel Medium Wind Power System, one of a number of energy-harvesting technologies being installed as part of the five-year, $20M cooperative agreement with AFRL that will establish a microgrid demonstration project at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii.  (Photo courtesy of Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies) AFRL aiming to increase energy security through microgrids
The Air Force Research Laboratory, in conjunction with the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies, is exploring microgrid and alternative fuel technologies in an effort to move military operations toward a greater degree of energy independence.Under the terms of a recently-signed five-year, $20M cooperative agreement, AFRL will
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2015
The Air Force Research Laboratory, Central State University (CSU), and Universal Technology Corporation (UTC) cut the ribbon for the new Additive Manufacturing Laboratory, making CSU the first university in the region with metal additive manufacturing capability.  Pictured from left to right are CSU students Mr. Jamal Robinson and Mr. Priestly Schuler, Dr. Subramania Sritharan (Dean of Science and Engineering, CSU), Dr. Charles Browning (Chairperson, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Dayton), Mr. Joe Sciabica (President, UTC), and Dr. Charles Wesley Ford, Jr. (Provost and VP, CSU).  (Photo courtesy of Central State University) AFRL and Central State University equipping future researchers for success
The Air Force Research Laboratory, Central State University, and Universal Technology Corporation recently cut the ribbon for the new Additive Manufacturing Laboratory, a facility that promises to equip future materials researchers as well as provide collaborative opportunities for researchers at Wright-Patterson AFB.The new laboratory makes CSU
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2015
An F-15 outer piston is anodized and sealed with new potassium permanganate sealer at Ogden Air Logistics Complex.  AFRL researchers identified and tested this non-chromium sealer as a safer alternative to chromium-based products, and it is now fully incorporated into OO-ALC’s coating process. (U.S. Air Force Photo) AFRL uncovering safer solutions for aircraft corrosion prevention
The Air Force Research Laboratory's Environmental Technology Program and Coating Technology Integration Office are  playing a critical role in the discovery of environmentally-safer inorganic coatings solutions for protecting and extending the life of aluminum landing gear components in U.S. Air Force aircraft.Working with aircraft maintainers at
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2015
The newly-established Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute will help enable a new class of stretchable, conformal devices that can add greater utility to existing products and make possible new tools and technologies.  (U.S. Air Force photo) AFRL seeking to advance a new breed of electronics through manufacturing institute
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is paving the way for a new class of innovative military and commercial tools through the establishment of the Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute (FHE-MII).The FHE-MII is one of seven manufacturing institutes currently established as part of the National Network for Manufacturing
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2015
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