Artificial silk fibers can be woven into sizeable, flexible fabrics using existing textile manufacturing methods.

Air Force scientists study artificial silk for body armor, parachutes

Scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory along with Purdue University are developing a functional fiber that can be woven into sizeable, flexible fabrics using...
The Air Force Research Laboratory is launching Express Licensing, a one-stop shopping approach that allows entrepreneurs to discover available AFRL-developed technologies and quickly and easily determine if a licensing opportunity fits their capabilities. Pictured here are voxelated liquid crystal elastomers, a shape-changeable soft material technology available on the Express Licensing website. (Courtesy photo)

AFRL unveils “one-stop” technology licensing

Now it will be easy for entrepreneurs to turn vision into reality, thanks to the new Express Technology Licensing developed by Air Force Research...
In conjunction with Luna, Inc. and engineers at the Air Force Corrosion Prevention and Control Office, researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory have developed a new corrosion and coating evaluation system, CorRES, that can measure the ability of coatings to protect aircraft structures by using sensor panels that measure localized changes during corrosion testing. Unlike conventional coating tests that rely on an expert’s visual evaluation of a test panel at the conclusion of a test cycle, the CorRES takes measurements throughout a coating’s test and transmits data in real-time to a base station for evaluation. Ultimately, the test will reduce costs associated with coating materials development and implementation through better data and understanding. (Courtesy photo)

CorRES: New corrosion evaluation system for Air Force

In Air Force technology, understanding the capacity of new materials to perform in the operational condition is foremost to change achievement. This is particularly...
The AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Technology Transfer office recently licensed in-house developed microencapsulated chemiluminescent materials to startup company Battle Sight Technologies LLC. These materials can be used in glow stick “crayons” to write messages or mark items in the field. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Holly Jordan)

Researchers come up with advancement to light the way for the warfighter

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) researchers have discovered a way to enhance a glow stick commonly used to light up the night sky, or...
AFRL, NextFlex Creating flexible circuit system

AFRL, NextFlex Creating flexible circuit system

Lightweight, easy and adaptable electronic frameworks are the way to cutting edge brilliant advances for military and also a customer and business applications. An Air...
Advanced multi-junction solar cells with high efficiency

Advanced multi-junction solar cells with high efficiency

Specialists at the Air Force Research Laboratory keep on expanding the extent of their mechanical mastery, transcending the Earth's surface to meet the power...