Materials

“Circulatory” Air Conditioning Could Keep Planes Cooler

The complex network of veins that keeps us cool during the heat of summer has inspired engineers to create novel thermal management systems. A new computer program could be key to mimicking the body’s evolution-optimized cooling system in functional materials.

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Composite Metal Foam Outperforms Aluminum for Aircraft Wings

The leading edges of aircraft wings have to meet a very demanding set of characteristics. New research shows that a combination of steel composite metal foam (CMF) and epoxy resin has more desirable characteristics for use as a leading-edge material than the aluminum currently in widespread use.

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Army Hopes to Use AI to Create More-Efficient Fuel Cells

As part of an effort to address the gap the U.S. Army faces in its need for long-lasting power and batteries for warfighters, an Army-funded research team has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that officials say identifies a promising material for creating more-efficient fuel cells. Researchers said the system, developed at Cornell University, is a potential breakthrough in both materials science and machine learning. It relies on a collective of algorithmic bots, each performing a distinct task and sifting through hundreds to thousands of combinations of elements to create a map of phases—arrangements of atoms in relation to each other—that humans can then use to determine which might work as a new material.

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Air Force Scientists Discover Unique Stretchable Conductor

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 increases with stretching.

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The Challenge of Replacing Hard Chrome

The search for a suitable replacement for hard chrome on aerospace components has been a key supply chain priority for aircraft manufacturers. This is because of the documented health risks to workers and the impact on the environment from exposure to hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen that occurs during the chrome plating process and is the most toxic form of chromium.

Posted in: Articles, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Coatings & Adhesives, Metals, Fastening, Joining & Assembly, Mechanical Components
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Coating Improves Pilots’ Visibility in Rainstorms

An Air Force Research Laboratory-developed product called HydroSkip repels water from aircraft transparencies, addressing the issue of limited visibility caused by heavy rain that can impair the pilot’s ability to navigate the plane and land safely.

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New Products: September 2019 Aerospace & Defense Technology

Mobile Workstation

Eurocom's (Ottawa, Canada) latest mobile workstation, the Tornado F7W, features a modular MXM 3.1 slot-based GPU allowing easy reconfiguration of GPU capabilities. The GPUs offered are ISV-certified, workstation-class NVIDIA Quadro P5200, P4200 and P3200 cards, which are suitable for CAD/CAE/CAM software such as Adobe, AutoCAD, CATIA and SOLIDWORKS. Over time, a user can choose to swap out the Quadro-based GPU and reconfigure the system to run a different MXM 3.1-compatible GPU (GTX-based cards, for example).

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Acceleration Resistant HiK Heat Spreader

As electronic technologies advance in defense and aerospace applications, heat fluxes are becoming larger and more centralized[1,2]. In order to meet the performance specifications of new technologies, thermal solutions must also advance. The push for more capable thermal technologies is evident with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) signing an agreement with private companies and contractors for the development of innovative vapor cooling technologies capable of handling high heat fluxes[2].

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Ruggedized Bioprinter

nScrypt Inc.
Orlando, FL
407-275-4755
www.nscrypt.com

nScrypt has partnered with the U.S. Military, the Uniformed Services University 4D Bio3 Program, and The Geneva Foundation to move bioprinting out of sterile biology laboratories to forward-deployed military positions. The Geneva Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that advances military medicine through innovative scientific research, program management, and a dedication to U.S. service members and veterans, their families, and the global community.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, 3 D Printing & Additive Manufacturing, Adhesives/Sealants, Materials, Plastics, Cleaning and Disinfection, Sterlization, Biosensors
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3D Meta-Optics for High-Energy Lasers

The scope of this research radically changed the way novel components are designed and fabricated for high-energy applications. This 3D Meta-Optics platform was, and is, essentially engineering the electromagnetic fields in 3D dielectric structures. The results have provided a class of transformational optical components that can be integrated at all levels throughout a high-energy laser system.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Materials, Lasers & Laser Systems, Optical Components, Optics, Test & Measurement
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