Air Force Research Laboratory – Aerospace Systems Directorate
The Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate develops scramjet engines, alternative fuels, unmanned vehicles, hypersonic vehicles, and technologies for collision avoidance and aircraft energy optimization, drawing on its supersonic and subsonic wind tunnels and world-class facilities for fuels research, structural testing, compressor research, rocket testing, and flight simulation.
Self-clearing vents based on droplet expulsion
Applications include spacecraft fuel tanks and baby bottles
Antimicrobial fuel additive
Significantly reduces the required cleaning of fuel storage tanks
Uniform thermocouple molds for bonding
Tool improves data accuracy and integrity for high-temperature sensor measurements
Low energy laser igniter enhances and sustains engine...
Engine manufacturers can leverage this invention to overcome the challenges inherent in spark igniters
Rapid detection of bio-contamination in fuel tanks
Accurate and quantitative real-time detection of microbial growth in fuel in the field before high cell density is reached
Environmentally safe bipropellant fuel system decreases handling complexity
Businesses can improve energy density and decrease operational costs of rocket launches with the Air Force’s ionic liquid fuel system found to be hypergolic...
Fast ignition rocket fuels
A potential replacement for bipropellants used in orbiting spacecraft propulsion or boost and divert maneuvers
Plasma torch combining arc and microwave discharges
Portable instrument can generate a stable and sizable plasma torch independent of the gas flow rate
Adsorption, absorption, and separation fibers with greater capacity
A capillary slit along the length of the fiber greatly increases its performance in a broad variety of filtration applications
Burn rate control for solid fuel rockets
Electrically operable thrust control promotes burn surface area increase or coning action in the rocket fuel charge
Device for manufacturing spiral micro structures
Hollow fiber wound around a mandrel to create micro-sized coiled structures having applications in MEMS and microfluidics