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  • AFRL Achieves Breakthrough in High-Speed Matching of Titanium

    AFRL and Third Wave Systems, Inc (Minneapolis, Minnesota), collaborated to cut the time and cost of titanium machining. Entering into a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) agreement, the team reduced titanium machining time by 30%. The use of titanium alloys in aircraft manufacturing continues

  • AFRL Continues to Find Ways to Decrease Air Vehicle Costs

    An AFRL-led team determined that an air vehicle's pressure gradient can mitigate the detrimental effect that small surface defects have on air vehicle performance. This finding may result in less restrictive manufacturing tolerances, reducing air vehicle manufacturing and maintenance expenses.

  • Manufacturing Technology Program Reduces

    The B-2 Systems Group initiated a major effort to improve the B-2 fleet mission capability (MC) rate. This effort involved the removal of the tape that covers access panel gaps and fasteners, followed by the replacement of the tape with a material known as alternate high-frequency material (AHFM).

  • AFRL Develops Hot Air Module

    AFRL and Karta Technologies, Inc., developed a hot air module (HAM) at the request of the B-2 Systems Group. The B-2 Systems Group requested a small, portable heat source with high-temperature capability to provide the heat and pressure needed to make high-quality composite repairs. The group wanted

  • New Triservice Collaboration Unites

    A unique triservice collaboration known as Propulsion - Safety, Affordability, and Readiness (P-SAR) is unifying the propulsion community to achieve common sustainment goals across the Army, Navy, and Air Force fleets. Originally conceived in 2005 as a follow-on effort to the highly successful

  • AFRL Aids Memphis Belle Restoration Effort

    In October 2005, the Memphis Belle, a Boeing B-17 that flew 25 missions during World War II and took part in the war bond tours, transferred from the Memphis Belle Memorial Association to the National Museum of the United States Air Force (NMUSAF). In 1946, the aircraft flew to Memphis, where it

  • AFRL and AFIT Develop Tanker Fleet Replacement Model

    With 90% of Air Force (AF) tankers approaching 50 years of service, the replacement or recapitalization of the fleet is an AF priority. Accordingly, AFRL and the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) developed an objective model to provide insight into the costs and benefits of various existing

  • AFRL Conducts Successful Tests of Mechanically Attached Blanket

    AFRL engineers completed testing of three mechanically attached blankets designed to improve current thermal protection systems (TPS) for reusable space access vehicles. These flexible, insulating blankets are easier to attach and remove than the current adhesive tile TPS used on the space shuttle

  • AFRL Researchers Demonstrate Fuel Cell Powered With JP-8

    AFRL researchers demonstrated a planar solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) running on logistic fuel (JP-8) to the US Army Corps of Engineers. The device that made this demonstration possible is the logistic fuel processor (LFP), developed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. The LFP, which uses steam


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