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  • AFRL collaborates with OSU on $3 million congressional microscopy program

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Collaboration – what better way to get the job done? The Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and The Ohio State University’s Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis have a congressionally directed collaborative research agreement in the works. The agreement pushes
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • AFRL, NextFlex leverage open-source community to create flexible circuit system

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  Lightweight, low-cost and flexible electronic systems are the key to next-generation smart technologies for military as well as consumer and commercial applications. An Air Force Research Laboratory-led project in conjunction with NextFlex, America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics Institute, has resulted in the
  • Materials engineer finds second calling as historic novelist

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, OHIO -- On the grim evening of April 14, 1865, a horrible event sent shock waves throughout a nation struggling to heal, opening fresh wounds and throwing the country into a long period of mourning.  President Abraham Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth as he attended a
  • 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
  • AFRL developing rapidly-deployable, independent energy sources for remote military sites

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Providing power to remote military installations is a challenge under the best of circumstances, but if power is suddenly cut off, the situation can become critical.  The AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate is researching ways to solve this problem through renewable and rapidly-deployable energy
  • AFRL engineer inducted into Air Force Safety Hall of Fame

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --  It may not be as illustrious as a spot in the Pro Football or Baseball Halls of Fame, but for the Air Force, an induction into the Safety Hall of Fame indicates an unequaled excellence in dedication to maintaining and sustaining the safety of the fleet and the Force. Dr. Jeffrey Calcaterra, the Structural
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