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  • Air Force Research Laboratory discovering what’s “bugging” military aircraft

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- As any aircraft maintainer can attest, corrosion is a major factor affecting the overall health of military aircraft.  Anything from changing temperatures to environmental factors can precipitate corrosion.  One major contributor, however, is often overlooked:  microbes.The AFRL Biological Materials and
  • Air Force lab investigating microscopic crack formation for aircraft

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The B-52 is one of the oldest legacy aircraft in the Air Force. Since the 1950s, this aircraft has led the force in its dominance as the world’s best. However, just as humans begin to age, so do aircraft. Repeated loading and unloading, changes in air pressure, exposure to altitude and more, contribute to
  • Maker Hub turns researchers into builders

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The Air Force Research Laboratory has unveiled a new project that will introduce Wright-Patterson employees to the innovative prototyping community known as the Maker Movement.The Maker Hub, a one-year pilot project in partnership with the Wright Brothers Institute, was conceived and spearheaded by AFRL
  • Air Mobility Command logistics leadership visits AFRL/RX

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Brig. Gen. Stacey T. Hawkins, Director, Logistcs, Engineering and Force Protection, Air Mobility Command (center) learns more about additive manufacturing capabilities for functional materials during a visit to the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Aug. 26. The laboratory
  • Fueling the future: Air Force Title III program working to “home-grow” biofuels for DOD, industry

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Creating, maintaining, protecting and expanding critical technology and technology resources is paramount to national security. A need to address increases in petroleum costs with an environmentally-friendly fuel source has led to a new way of looking at production—and the Defense Production Act Title III
  • Future scientists “poster” success at annual RX summer session

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- More than 60 students from the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (RX) showcased their summer research for a crowd of research scientists, engineers and distinguished guests from across the region during the 2016 RX Summer Student Researcher Poster Session here, Aug. 5. 
  • AFRL Damage Registration Sensor improves high-performance engine exhaust inspections

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, along with small business contractor Intelligent Automation, Inc., has developed and demonstrated a unique tool that will make routine aircraft engine exhaust inspections faster and more accurate. The Auto-Scan: Inlet and Exhaust Damage Registration Sensor
  • AFRL, NIST, and NSF Announce Materials Science and Engineering Data Challenge Awardees

    The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), have announced the winners of the Materials Science and Engineering Data Challenge.  The Challenge sought solutions for new uses of publicly accessible digital data to advance materials
  • AFRL and partners develop remote access tool for aircraft inspections

    Mr. Charles Buynak, a research engineer from the Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, recently completed an effort to develop a portable Surgical Nondestructive Evaluation (SuNDE) tool that provides a supplemental field-level aircraft inspection capability for the identification and advanced notification of major
  • AFRL materials engineer receives prestigious ASTM International Award of Merit, Fellowship

    Dr. Andrew Rosenberger of the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate was honored with the ASTM International Award of Merit on May 3, 2016, in San Antonio for his distinguished service and exceptional committee work in the area of metals fatigue and fracture. A recognized expert in the area of mechanical behavior of materials, Rosenberger
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