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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
These energy-harvesting wind turbines in Kotzebue, Alaska, are part of the Energy Assurance at Remote Radar Sites project, a one-year effort managed by the AFRL Advanced Power Technology Office to demonstrate rapidly-deployable, off-grid energy technologies for increased mission energy resiliency in remote locations.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt Jason Goins) AFRL developing rapidly-deployable, independent energy sources for remote military sites
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Providing power to remote military installations is a challenge under the best of circumstances, but if power is suddenly cut off, the situation can become critical.  The AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate is researching ways to solve this problem through renewable and rapidly-deployable energy
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Mr. George Schmitt, Director of International Programs in AFRL’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, receives the inaugural SAMPE North America Organizational Excellence Award on behalf of the Directorate from Mr. Ben Dietsch, Executive Vice President, and Mr. Rick Willardson, President of SAMPE. (Courtesy photo/SAMPE) SAMPE honors AFRL with inaugural Organizational Excellence Award
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering recently presented AFRL’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate with the inaugural SAMPE North America Organizational Excellence Award for their work in materials advancement and process engineering technologies. The award recognizes the
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2017
Dr. Timothy J. Bunning, Chief Scientist, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, was elected to the 2017 Class of the American Chemical Society of Fellows. ACS is the world's largest scientific society and a leading source of authoritative science information, with more than 157,000 members worldwide. The fellow honor, awarded to only 65 members this year, recognizes members for distinguished contributions to science and for their contributions to development and leadership of the society. Bunning is one of only a handful of AFRL scientists to ever achieve this honor. (Courtesy photo) Air Force Senior Technologist named ACS Fellow
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --  A principal scientific expert at the Air Force Research Laboratory was selected as a 2017 Fellow of the American Chemical Society for his outstanding achievements and contributions to science and professional leadership in the field.Dr. Timothy J. Bunning, Chief Scientist, Materials and Manufacturing
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2017
AFRL’s APTO challenges the public to come up with an improved method for dropping humanitarian aid to the public and vital supplies to the warfighter. It will replace the current mobile weather system. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt Victoria Porto). AFRL seeks public input for state-of-the-art mobile weather platform
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The ability to quickly and accurately collect and assess atmospheric changes to execute military and humanitarian operations is critical to today’s warfighter executing missions in increasingly remote and complex battlespaces. Current mobile weather platforms, used since the 1960s, rely on helium—a heavy,
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2017
Maj. Gen. William T. Cooley, commander of the Air Force
Research Laboratory, welcomes  Secretary of the Air Force Heather A. Wilson to the Air Force exhibit area during the
2nd biennial DoD Lab Day at the Pentagon center courtyard May 18, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mikee Huber)
AFRL showcases game-changing technologies at DOD Lab Day
Scientists and engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory presented 16 technology research projects in various stages of maturity during the second biennial Department of Defense Lab Day May 18, 2017, in the Pentagon center courtyard.
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2017
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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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
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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
Phyllis Bolds, a researcher at the Radar Branch, Air Research Lab, analyzes radar signal data on fighter planes as it travels through fuselage in 1955. (Courtesy photo / Adrienne Ephrem) Wright-Patterson’s women in STEM are not hidden figures
Adrienne Ephrem, integration manager with the 711th Human Performance Wing, represents the third generation of female engineers in her family. It was her grandmother, Phyllis Bolds, who started this family dynasty of scientists and mathematicians, working as a physicist in the radar branch of the electronics laboratory here at Wright-Patterson from 1955-1957, and then later in 1957, transferring to their flight dynamics laboratory, working there until her retirement in 1987. Bolds' daughter (and Ephrem's aunt), Karen Beason, is also a a materials scientist, working as an environmental protection specialist in the 88th Civil Engineering Group.
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2017
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