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  • AFRL helps extend serviceability of hydraulic aircraft components

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate recently completed an extensive effort to help certify a maintenance process that could extend the life of aircraft hydraulic system components.Through participation in a rapid innovation fund team led by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, AFRL
  • Air Force scientists study artificial silk for body armor, parachutes

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Who doesn’t like to feel warm in the winter and cool in the summer? Inspired by the qualities of fibers found in nature, scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory and Purdue University are experimenting to develop a functional fiber that can be woven into sizeable, flexible fabrics using existing
  • AFRL erosion testing is out of this world

    At the request of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and project partners, AFRL recently concluded a series of tests in the Particle Erosion Test Facility, located in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate’s Coatings, Corrosion, and Erosion Laboratory.
  • 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
  • Linking engineering, art and science: Origami may be key to complex Air Force needs

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Origami, the art of paper folding, has captivated generations of audiences across the globe, as artists craft intricate, intriguing figures and objects by folding just a single sheet of paper. For scientists and engineers at the Air Force Research Laboratory, the prospect of using origami to create complex,
  • AFRL research to enable next-gen flexible, wireless communications

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Next generation military and civilian applications require the ability to transfer more data, faster, at a high level of quality. As the size of devices continue to decrease and unique form factors enter the technology space, researchers are challenged to find material solutions to make more efficient
  • Nobel Laureate returns to AFRL to talk determination, discovery

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Dan Shechtman visited the Air Force Research Laboratory on November 8, 2017, imparting his research, life experience, and words of wisdom to an audience of researchers as part of the AFRL Technical Mastery interactive lecture series.Shechtman worked in the Materials and
  • AFRL developing AgilePod ‘family’ to augment sensing grid

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Building on the recent success of AgilePod ‘1.0,’ Air Force Research Laboratory engineers have embarked on a new “mini” AgilePod effort to increase the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of the platform by decreasing the footprint of the sensing ‘lab in the sky.’ “AgilePod was
  • AFRL selects fellows from Materials and Manufacturing Directorate

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Two scientists from the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate were recently chosen as Air Force Research Laboratory Fellows. Dr. Allan Katz, High Temperature Silicon-Carbide-Fiber-Reinforced Silicon Carbide Composites for Turbines program manager and Dr. Ajit Roy, Computational Nanomaterials principal
  • AFRL senior scientist to receive prestigious materials science and engineering achievement award

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- A senior scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate will receive the prestigious 2018 ASM International Albert Sauver Achievement Award in fall, 2018.Dr. Sheldon “Lee” Semiatin, the Air Force Senior Scientist for Materials Processing and Processing Science, will
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