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A Northrop Grumman splice joint specimen is shown before (left) and after (right) undergoing testing in the 200 MTS Test Stand at the Facility for Innovative Research in Structures Technology in the Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate. The testing was conducted under a cooperative research and development agreement between the directorate and Northrop Grumman. (Courtesy Photo/AFRL) Air Force testing shows advanced joint technology a viable method for aircraft assembly
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio – A partnership between the Air Force Research Laboratory and industry could help usher in a new era of advanced aircraft assembly. Testing performed by AFRL showed promising results for the use of composite skin splice joints in aircraft assembly. The tests were performed under a cooperative research and development
0 9/19
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
0 5/08
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
0 2/01
2017
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