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  • Air Force and industry consortium announce workshop on telemedicine and medical electronics innovation

    In August 2020, the Air Force Research Laboratory, along with SEMI Nano-Bio Materials Consortium (NBMC), a global association of electronics design and manufacturing companies, will hold an open, virtual workshop series. Its purpose is to explore the continuing need for actionable, intelligent and real-time data to improve outcomes for remote sensing, monitoring and treatment. The annual workshop, which begins August 5, 2020, and continues in two-hour sessions on each successive Wednesday, will be the fourth such event held by the consortium. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the first time it will be a virtual event.
  • Air Force collaboration leads to new method of triggering shape change

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The saying “form follows function” speaks to the obvious relationship between an object’s shape and its purpose, that is, how it will be used. It seems reasonable, then, if an object can change its shape, it can be used for a broader range of purposes. Researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory, in
  • AFRL pushes boundaries in metals printing with new research

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Advancing the state of the art in metals additive manufacturing pushes the boundaries of possibility for aerospace and defense applications.Metal additive manufacturing allows the manufacturing of parts with complex geometries that are otherwise un-manufacturable, producing unique, performance-enhancing
  • AFRL Aircraft Decontamination Team ramps up battle against COVID-19

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - Health of air crews is paramount, and ensuring Air Force systems are safe to operate, including aircraft, is crucial.To support the global fight against COVID-19, the Air Force Research Laboratory quickly stood up an aircraft decontamination team pooling bioenvironmental, aircraft materials and medical
  • AFRL holds Biotech Days

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - Biotechnology is a broad term that refers to the use of livings systems or mimicking biological processes to make useful materials, chemical, biosensors, and  presents opportunities for defense innovation in a number of domains, including specialty materials manufacturing, novel sensors, warfighter
  • AFRL, associates improve processes for fabricating aircraft engine inlet ducts

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Aircraft engine inlet ducts provide the engine compressor with a constant supply of air to prevent the compressor from stalling. Since the inlet is directly exposed to the impacting airflow, it must create as little drag as possible. The smallest gap in airflow supply can cause major engine problems as well
  • Air Force researchers developing wearable agent detector to improve aircraft maintainer safety

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - When faced with eminent danger, no one has to think twice about what to do next. Get away from it! But what if you are in a confined space and maybe not even aware of the danger? That’s a very real possibility faced daily by maintenance technicians every time they go to work inside an aircraft’s fuel
  • AFRL senior scientist elected to National Academy

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Dr. Richard Vaia of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate was recently elected a member to the National Academy of Engineering. Appointment to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions bestowed upon an engineer.NAE is a private, independent, nonprofit
  • AFRL guest speaker presents a practical view of artificial intelligence

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Fear of the unknown can often cripple rational thinking. And one such unknown today is artificial intelligence. Is it right to be afraid of AI? Or is this just an irrational fear of the unknown?To make artificial intelligence more understandable to its workforce, the Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials
  • AFRL, partners develop innovative tools to accelerate composites certification at new materials research facility

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – In partnership with industry, a team of Air Force Research Laboratory/Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) personnel are developing the capability to accelerate certification of advanced manufactured composite structures.Creating a new materials characterization subfacility, known as the Materials
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