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  • AFRL demos advanced robotics for aerospace manufacturing

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  Engineers from the Manufacturing Technologies Division, Air Force Research Laboratory, held a recent successful demonstration of the advanced capabilities of the Advanced Automation for Agile Aerospace Applications (A5) Robotic System at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. The 22,000 pound A5
  • Smart automation, AI to accelerate materials discovery, innovation

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – To meet the demands of the ever-increasing pace of technological development in order to create the next generation of Air Force technology, researchers are challenged to find ways to shrink the timeline for materials discovery, development and deployment.According to Dr. Benji Maruyama, a research scientist
  • Innovating compressor blade inspection

    Blade defects decrease engine efficiency and power, while increasing fuel burn (specific fuel consumption) and exhaust gas temperature (EGT) - resulting in higher maintenance costs, and decreased aircraft availability. Additionally, defective compressor blades can pose a safety threat if not replaced in a timely manner. While researching areas for increased aircraft optimization, Air Force Operational Energy found that cost-effective and reliable blade inspection ensures engines are performing optimally, and is paramount to maintaining aircraft readiness.
  • AFRL researchers innovate, ‘sprint’ to create waterproof rescue duffel

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  The ability to rapidly innovate is key to ensuring the Air Force advantage in today’s operational environment. And, solving problems faster often calls for new ways of doing business that leverage creativity and flexibility to create rapid solutions for warfighter needs.For junior scientists at the Air Force
  • Research agreement will enhance collaboration, mutual benefits

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - Leaders of the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Coast Guard Research and Development Center signed a memorandum of understanding here April 12 that allows the two organizations to collaborate in areas of mutual benefit to the two organizations.While the memorandum of understanding specifically authorizes
  • AFRL-led patches make ‘sense’ of sweat

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – It’s a sweaty project, but the sweat is worth the effort for scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory working to better understand the links between materials, technology and warfighter performance.Born out of an AFRL and industry collaboration within the Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium, a wearable
  • AFRL enhances survival tools for isolated Airmen

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Survival -- it’s the first thing an ejected pilot contemplates once safely on the ground.A survival situation could span days and the Air Force is taking advantage of advancements in technology to allow ejected pilots to survive for longer periods of time.Researchers from the Junior Force Warfighters
  • Robotic wheelchair competition unleashes student creativity

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – AFRL researchers are looking to tap into the creativity of the next generation of researchers through a project that turns an ordinary motorized wheelchair into a robotic security guard.As part of the Robotic Sentry Challenge, the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate is asking enterprising students to
  • New corrosion evaluation system makes “sense” for Air Force

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  As next-generation material development drives advances in Air Force technology, understanding the ability of new materials to perform in the operational environment is paramount to transition success. This is particularly important to scientists working to develop new, high performance Air Force coating
  • AFRL researchers push limits in high-temperature, polymer additive manufacturing

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  Researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate are “turning up the heat” in the field of polymer additive manufacturing.In conjunction with researchers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center and the University of Louisville, the team successfully printed the
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