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Dr. Santanu Bag, a project scientist at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, is exploring cost-efficient manufacturing of solar cells using additive technology. AFRL researchers explore automation, additive technologies for cost efficient solar power
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Inspired by newspaper printing, and taking cues from additive manufacturing technology, researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory are exploring new ways to make solar cells more cost efficient—increasing application potential in the process. “Sun is abundant, and it’s free,” said Dr. Santanu Bag, a
0 7/18
2017
The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Power Technology Office is in the process of testing a newly designed hybrid electric and battery powered mobile dock system for C-5 maintenance at Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex.The new system integrates ‘clean’ technology and has the potential to save maintenance time while increasing operational readiness of Air Force platforms. (U.S. Air Force Courtesy Photo) AFRL’s Advanced Power Technology Office efficiently ‘lifts’ C-5 maintainers
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Transforming the way the Air Force uses energy is a key focus of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Power Technology Office as it seeks to enable the use of alternative energy and energy efficient technologies. A new, hybrid electric and battery powered mobile dock system for aircraft depot
0 6/14
2017
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
0 4/26
2017
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
0 4/11
2017
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
0 3/27
2017
Dr. Jeffrey Calcaterra, the Structural Materials Evaluation Team Lead in the Systems Support Division, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, has been selected as the newest inductee into the Air Force Safety Hall of Fame. The award recognizes individuals who have made contributions of enduring and significant impact to Air Force safety and mishap prevention. (U.S. Air Force Courtesy Photo)

AFRL engineer inducted into Air Force Safety Hall of Fame
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --  It may not be as illustrious as a spot in the Pro Football or Baseball Halls of Fame, but for the Air Force, an induction into the Safety Hall of Fame indicates an unequaled excellence in dedication to maintaining and sustaining the safety of the fleet and the Force. Dr. Jeffrey Calcaterra, the Structural
0 3/07
2017
Amber Davis was selected as the Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Supervisor of the Year. (U.S. Air Force photo) Emerging leader named supervisor of the year
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- A leader in composite materials research at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate was selected as the Supervisor of the Year recently during the directorate’s annual awards banquet.Amber Davis, section chief for the Materials and Processing Section, Composites Branch,
0 2/21
2017
Dr. John Wertz, a materials research scientist in the Materials State Awareness Branch, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, demonstrates Digital Thread concept applications to aircraft maintenance activities. Real time aircraft data, checklists and feedback through Digital Thread capabilities can enable better decision making by warfighters on the field, enhancing life cycle sustainment of Air Force platforms.  (U.S. Air Force photo / Marisa Alia-Novobilski) Digital Thread laces decision-making, data for Air Force acquisition
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --  As information technology has advanced and improved over the years, modeling and simulation tools, sophisticated analytical capabilities and data analytics have increased in importance throughout a product’s life cycle. For the Air Force, a concept born in the lab is set to change the way weapon systems are
0 2/17
2017
Dr. Zachary Farrell, a research scientist with UES in the Nanoelectronics Branch of the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, examines liquid metal nanoparticles following ultra-sonication. Researchers here are exploring new potential applications for liquid metals by examining their microscopic properties. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Marisa Alia-Novobilski)

Researchers turn to liquid metals for agile electronics
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  Self-healing electronics, antennas that can change shape and function with the flick of a switch and clothing woven with conductive threads able to electrically connect devices may seem like science fiction fodder. But, for scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory, these concepts are much closer to
0 2/08
2017
Air Force Capt. Joseph Ausserer assists Aerospace Propulsion Outreach Program students installing their design for testing and evaluation in the Aerospace Systems Directorate’s Small Engine Research Laboratory. The program, referred to as APOP, is a directorate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) initiative that funds year-long undergraduate engineer capstone programs across the country that focus on gas turbine engine projects. (Courtesy Photo) Aerospace Systems Directorate Uses Educational Partnerships to Further STEM Program
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate’s (AFRL/RQ) is using Educational Partnership Agreements as important tools in the Aerospace Propulsion Outreach Program. The program, referred to as APOP, is a directorate science, technology, engineering, and math initiative that funds year-long
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2017
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