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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
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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
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2017
Dr. Shekhar Guha, senior scientist, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, will be formally named an OSA Fellow in a ceremony in San Jose, California, May 2017. Guha designs experiments incorporating laser beam propagation through linear and nonlinear media, which are useful for predicting experimental results.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Donna Lindner/released). AFRL researcher named optical society fellow
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- A prominent materials research engineer from the Air Force Research Laboratory was confirmed as Fellow of The Optical Society at the organization’s annual meeting in October. Dr. Shekhar Guha, a materials research engineer in the Photonic Materials Branch, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, AFRL, will
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2017
Dr. Mark Benedict, a senior materials engineer and America Makes Chief Technology Adviser at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate discusses the potential for additive manufacturing of aircraft components in metal. The complex geometry of the rocket nozzle benefits from the use of additive manufacturing due to its complex, specialized design. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Marisa Alia-Novobilski) Embracing opportunity: additive technology for manufacturing
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – It’s a materials scientist’s dream, but as some experts say, an engineer’s nightmare. For scientists and engineers at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing, can be a powerful tool for rapid innovation.Ultimately, it’s a
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2017
Air Force Research Laboratory’s AgilePod is a multi-intelligence, open architecture, reconfigurable prototype designed for the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and Air Force Special Operations communities. The reconfigurable pod enables operators to customize sensor packages based on specific mission needs, enhancing the intelligence process. The pod capability will be tested on a medium altitude MQ-9 surrogate aircraft in May 2017. (Courtesy photo/released)
AgilePod ‘reconfiguring’ ISR mission
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The ability to adapt a mission at a moment’s notice is a key tenet of the Air Force drive for flexibility in air power. For warfighters in the intelligence community, a new, Lego-like pod prototype expects to make that flexibility even easier on the field. Air Force Research Laboratory’s AgilePod is a
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2016
The AFRL research team of Dr. Santanu Bag and Dr. Michael Durstock developed a process to create thin, more-efficient, and defect-free transparent solar cells that could open up new possibilities for wearable electronics and other power applications. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Holly Jordan) AFRL researchers improve production of thin, efficient solar cells
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Researchers in the Air Force Research Laboratory are making strides in material development that may open up new possibilities for thin, wearable electronics and other vital power applications. Photovoltaics, or solar cells, are a key component in next-generation power applications, but integrating them into
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2016
Dr. Sheldon (Lee) Semiatin, senior scientist, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, uses a Gleeble machine for thermomechanical processing of aerospace alloys. This machine aids projects that require solid state joining of nickel-based superalloys. AFRL researcher achieves society honor
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- A prominent research scientist from the Air Force Research Laboratory will receive The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society Bruce Chalmers Award. The society’s award is named in honor of Bruce Chalmers, a professor of metallurgy and former master of John Winthrop House at Harvard University. This award
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2016
Dr. Roland Dutton, chief, Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, was named an ASM International Fellow at a ceremony in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 26. ASM is the world's largest association of metals-focused materials professionals. The fellow honor recognizes members for distinguished contributions in the field of materials science. (U.S. Air Force photo) AFRL leader named ASM International Fellow
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- A senior research scientist at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, was inducted as a 2016 ASM International Fellow at an awards ceremony in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 26. Dr. Roland Dutton, chief, Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division, was recognized as
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2016
Clare Paul, Lead for Applications and Analytics of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate accesses the Metals Affordability Initiative hub.  The hub is a collaborative platform that helps exchange information between materials suppliers and original equipment manufacturers (U.S. Air Force photo / Donna Lindner). 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
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2016
Team ETHOS assembles their pumpkin chucking machine prior to a competition here, Oct. 21. The team is comprised of researchers, engineers and students from the Air Force Research Laboratory and competes annually in contests across the U.S. The team earned a first-place finish at the Air Force Lifecycle Management Center’s 2016 annual competition with a 3,391 foot pumpkin toss and will compete in the World Championship ‘Punkin Chunkin’ competition in Bridgeville, Delaware, Nov. 4-6. (U.S. Air Force Photo / David Dixon) 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
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2016
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