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  • Metals Affordability Initiative Hub enhances data exchange for researchers, teams

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Sifting through tons of data is a time-consuming, cumbersome process for focused research teams.  How does a person find what they really need?   The Air Force Research Laboratory is working to streamline that process for researchers across the spectrum. The Metals Affordability Initiative (MAI) is an
  • World-class materials researcher returns to AFRL, holds lecture series

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Drawing on a legacy of research expertise, the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate has welcomed composite materials elasticity expert Dr. Nick Pagano to speak to the next generation of researchers.Pagano was the first civilian Air Force researcher to achieve the Senior
  • AFRL demonstrates improved measurement capabilities for aircraft engine inlets

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate researchers recently completed a series of tests that are enabling the use of a new measurement tool and quality assurance process for F-35 inlet production.Now users can measure for proper thickness of inlet material coatings quickly and easily without risk of
  • AFRL researcher brings science, history to chucking pumpkins

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- What do ancient Greek artillery, materials engineering and pumpkin chucking have in common? How about a senior Air Force Research Laboratory materials engineer who is inspiring future scientists—and having fun in the process. David Mollenhauer is a Senior Materials Engineer in the AFRL Materials and
  • AFRL Maker Hub comes to the aid of flexible body armor effort

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --  The AFRL Maker Hub, still in its infancy, is already proving to be a valuable asset for Materials and Manufacturing Directorate scientists and engineers looking to push the bounds of conventional research.Researchers from the AFRL Junior Force Warfighters Operations program, or JFWORX, recently used the
  • AFRL gives helping hand to operators with Tactical Fast Rope Gloves

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Air Force Research Laboratory junior force researchers from the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate are working to solve a common problem for deployed troops and quick-response forces, and in doing so, may offer new solutions for civilian firefighters and rescuers as well.As part of the Junior Force
  • Disrupting the research process: changing materials science with robotics, AI and autonomy

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --ARES may not look like Johnny Five, the famous robot from the 1986 movie scene, but this robot’s ability to integrate robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and data science is altering materials research in a big way at Air Force Research Laboratory.The AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate’s
  • Flexing in the line of fire: lightweight, flexible body armor for the force of the future

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- In the line of fire, protective body armor plays a critical role in survival. Hard-plated, rigid and heavy—today’s National Institute of Justice Type IV body armor—the kind that protects warfighters against armor piercing bullets-- defends the wearer, but adds weight and bulk that a fast-moving operator
  • ‘Speed mentoring’ matches mentors, protégés

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Nervous laughter and quiet conversation ensued as participants entered a room set with cloth-covered tables, bowls of mints and punch. Light music played in the background, setting the scene for what looked to be another round of speed dating in the Dayton area.But on this particular afternoon, the 23
  • Flexible batteries: evolving energy for the ‘new’ reality

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- It’s a $7 million research industry today, expected to be worth $400 million dollars by 2025. For researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, the “energy” spent in this research area is worth much more. By using highly conductive, flexible carbon nanotube mats,