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  • 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 – An Air Force Research Laboratory engineering expert 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.Dr. Richard Vaia was selected for his distinguished contributions to engineering based on
  • 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.The Materials Solutions Network will drive composite manufacturing into a
  • Air Force Research Lab forms materials-focused Center of Excellence with Carnegie Mellon

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Looking to cultivate the ideal future workforce in materials research, the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, together with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, has awarded a multi-million dollar cooperative agreement to Carnegie Mellon University, an institution
  • AFRL creates new modular weapons storage for cargo aircraft

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Junior Force Warfighter Operations team continuously develops innovative solutions for  Airmen. Their latest project aims to update the gun rack, or Modular Weapon Storage System, for the U. S. Air Force C-130 aircraft.The team, known collectively as JFWORX, is a group of
  • AFRL sponsors service academy and university design challenge

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Center for Rapid Innovation is sponsoring a Service Academy and University Design Challenge.The SAC/UDC challenges tackle some of the Department of Defense’s top urgent needs while focusing on highly visible and challenging warfighter problems. The competitive environment
  • AFRL personnel connect with creative thinking processes to enhance problem solving

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – To help overcome road blocks in thinking processes and spark imaginative solutions, personnel at the Air Force Research Laboratory are exploring new methods of problem solving.A select group of researchers recently participated in a course on design innovation to learn and practice creativity techniques for
  • Air Force scientists discover unique stretchable conductor

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force Research Laboratory has developed liquid metal systems which autonomously change structure so that they become better conductors in response to strain.Conductive materials change their properties as they are strained or stretched. Typically, electrical conductivity decreases and resistance
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