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November 19, 2018
The Heat Is Off: Advanced Resins are Revolutionizing the Way We Repair Aircraft
Aircraft design has progressed rapidly over the last 110 years. The simple wooden planes that were used mostly as scouts in World War I gave way to the riveted metal bombers and...
October 3, 2018
Replacing NARC Rayon: Cellulosic Precursor Carbon Fiber
Is there still a need for cellulosic precursor carbon fiber and where is this need? The inquirer provided a method to domestically produce fibers similar to viscose...
September 24, 2018 | Source: NASA Ames, nasa.gov, 11 Sep 2018
Exploring the Solar System? You May Need to Pack an Umbrella
Gearing up for its first flight test, NASA’s Adaptable Deployable Entry Placement Technology, or ADEPT, is no ordinary umbrella. ADEPT is a foldable device that opens to make a...
May 14, 2018
Additively Manufacturing Continuous Carbon Fiber with Polymer Materials
Is there a 3D printing platform that is able to additively manufacture continuous carbon fiber thermoplastics? A customer working on flight certification of 3D printed...
May 7, 2018 | Source: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, wpafb.af.mil, 20 Mar 2018, Marisa Alia-Novobilski
AFRL Researchers Push Limits in High-Temperature, Polymer Additive Manufacturing
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...
May 22, 2017 | Source: AirForceTimes, airforcetimes.com, 14 May 2017, Charlsy Panzino
Air Force Academy Cadet Creates Goo That Stops Bullets
A gooey substance normally wouldn’t seem like it could stop a bullet, but an Air Force Academy cadet has created just that. Cadet 1st Class Hayley Weir’s interest in bullet-...
Survivability and Vulnerability
April 10, 2017 | Source: AZo Materials, azom.com, 1 March 2017
3D Printing Using Aerospace-Grade Carbon Fiber Composites
For the first time researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have 3D printed aerospace-grade carbon fiber composites, paving the way for better control and...
Advanced Composite Solutions for Dynamic Structural Applications
The selection and application of advanced composite materials play a critical role in the quest for improving performance of air and ground vehicles to meet ever-changing...
June 9, 2015 | Source: Industrial Laser Solutions
What Can Lasers Do With Composites?
The widespread use of advanced polymer composites in the aerospace industry is leading to their increased use in other industries—most notably in the automotive industry, where...