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Default Air Force Logo 711 HPW’s synthetic biology – a hot topic at DoD Lab Day
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - Synthetic biology was one of many research areas highlighted at the Department of Defense Lab Day May 18 at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The Air Force Research Laboratory’s 711th Human Performance Wing spearheaded biosensor development using synthetic biology for environmental and human performance
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Researchers at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, have developed a novel, lightweight artificial hair sensor that mimics those used by natural fliers—like bats and crickets—by using carbon nanotube forests grown inside glass fiber capillaries. The hairs are sensitive to air flow changes during flight, enabling quick analysis and response by agile fliers. (Air Force courtesy photo). Bio-inspired: Crickets, bats inspire AFRL researchers to develop smart ‘hair’ sensors for flight
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  Nature has inspired scientific and engineering innovations for hundreds of years. An apple falling from a tree inspired Isaac Newton to define the laws of gravity. The burdock burrs clinging to the skin of his hunting dog lead to Swiss engineer Georges de Mestral’s invention of Velcro. The ability of the
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A maintainer removes an air inlet on the underside of the wing of a C-5M Super Galaxy Transport Aircraft during a periodic maintenance cycle. The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Power Technology Office is in the process of testing a new, lightweight composite RAM Air Inlet system that is intended to replace legacy air inlets, mitigating corrosion issues while providing a lightweight, cost-effective solution to help maintain the fleet. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo) AFRL’s Advanced Power Technology Office helps ‘lighten’ C-5 energy footprint with composite technology
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --  Finding ways to integrate technologies that are cleaner, lighter, multifunctional and energy efficient to reduce fuel costs and maintain the force’s aging fleet is a primary mission driver of work by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Power Technology Office, based out of the AFRL Materials and
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A budding scientist explores some research tools on display during the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Open House, April 7. More than 200 guests, family members and friends of the laboratory participated in the inaugural Open House event, held in celebration of its 100 year anniversary this year. (U.S. Air Force photo/David Dixon)

EDITOR'S NOTE:  Parental Minor Release signed 12 April 2017 AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Open House highlights a century of success
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – More than 200 guests, family members and friends of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate were treated to a day of science and technology at the inaugural RX Open House, April 7. Part of the AFRL Heritage Celebration, the Open House was an opportunity to showcase some of
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Default Air Force Logo AFRL material transfer agreement leads to international research grant with Australia
WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – A recent material transfer agreement between the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (AFRL/RX) and the Griffith University of Nathan, QLD 4111, Australia resulted in international cooperative research and development grant. The new agreement is between AFRL/RX, the Naval
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Part of AFRL's Forward Operating Base of the Future demonstration is one complete expeditionary microgrid system at Basic Expeditionary Airmen Skills Training (BEAST), Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas. Monocrystalline silicon solar panels are placed on top of each tent for energy production. A trailer (center) holds the hardware, software and lithium ion batteries that form the smart grid and provide energy backup should the grid fail. The project evaluates energy reduction technologies such as shelter insulation and efficient HVACs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jason Goins) Air Force expeditionary energy demo forges ahead
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --  Today’s expeditionary military forces require steady, reliable energy sources to power the mission worldwide. Diverse field environments and a move towards cost effective, resilient and agile energy supplies are driving a new look at the way the Department of Defense powers a mission—and the Air Force
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New portable temporary landing zone lighting, designed by AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate junior force researchers, offers a portable, reliable, and more fully-featured solution to aging legacy portable lighting systems. (U.S. Air Force photo/Holly Jordan) AFRL lighting the way for military air crews
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate junior force researchers resolved an issue of critical importance to military pilots and aircrews—portable, reliable, and robust temporary landing zone lighting.Current portable landing zone lighting systems, used for temporary and semi-permanent airfields, are
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A next generation F-35 coatings application booth at Hill Air Force Base is set to become initially operational by October 2017. The state-of-the-art coatings booth project, led by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Power Technology Office, is expected to save more than $330,000 annually in energy through the employment of advanced sensors, control logic and sophisticated software analysis tools to monitor and improve performance over the lifetime of the complex. (U.S. Air Force Courtesy Photo) Next generation coatings booth poised to save Air Force millions in energy
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --   It only makes sense for the Air Force’s newest, most complex, multi-role fighter to have the most advanced, state-of-the-art sustainment facilities to ensure enduring power for years to come.The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Power Technology Office is on the front lines of making this happen for
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AFRL materials engineer Alan Oquendo demonstrates the failed flywheel assembly and engine cooling fan that resulted in a non-injury incident involving the Wright “B” Flyer replica aircraft.  Oquendo and the Materials Integrity team uncovered critical evidence that explained the event and recommend an improved design.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Holly Jordan) AFRL Materials researchers keeping Wright “B” Flyer aloft
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Researchers from the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate rose to the need for the Wright “B” Flyer, helping to ensure continued airworthiness for the historic replica aircraft so near and dear to many in the Dayton, Ohio, area. Wright “B” Flyer, Inc., a volunteer organization that operates the
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AFRL researcher Matt Jacobsen (second from left), developer of the Hyperthought data management and sharing software, strategizes with team members Kevin Porter, James Fourman, and Jason Thiese during a recent collaboration session at the AFRL Maker Hub. (U.S. Air Force photo/Holly Jordan) HyperThought poised to break down barriers in information sharing
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --   A new, web-based software tool developed by AFRL researchers is poised to usher in a new paradigm in information management and sharing.  Recording, sharing, and accessing research data within the scientific community is typically an imperfect proposition, at best.  Data management has been surprisingly
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