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Boeing to Start Latest P-8A Poseidon Airframe, Avionics Increment 3 Upgrades

The U.S. Navy delivered the first P-8A Poseidon aircraft to be modified with Increment 3 Block 2 capabilities to Boeing on March 27, enabling the fleet to be...

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Improving and Increasing Energy Density of Batteries

When it comes to making batteries that last longer, a team of researchers including engineers at Brown University and Idaho National Laboratory believes the key might be in how things get clean — specifically how soap works in this process.

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Cobalt-Free Batteries Could Power EVs of the Future

Many electric vehicles are powered by batteries that contain cobalt — a metal that carries high financial, environmental, and social costs. MIT researchers have now designed a battery material that could offer a more sustainable way to power electric cars. The new lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery includes a cathode based on organic materials, instead of cobalt or nickel (another metal often used in Li-ion batteries).

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New Cathode Material for Sodium-Ion Batteries

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have invented and patented a new cathode material that replaces lithium ions with sodium and would be significantly cheaper.

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Air Force to Flight Test Drag-Reducing Finlets, Microvanes and Riblets on Legacy Aircraft

The Department of Defense (DoD) relies on airborne logistics to support global military operations, and airlift and air-to-air refueling are both...

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Weapons Systems

US Companies Advance DoD Investment in Rare Earth Materials Supply Chain

Since 2020, the Department of Defense (DoD) has invested $400 million into U.S.-based companies to expand the domestic supply chain for rare earth materials needed...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

A Computational Method for Creating New Ceramics with Transition Metals

Extraordinarily rugged with a melting temperature of several thousand degrees Fahrenheit. That describes the results of research into new ceramic materials sponsored...

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Energy

New Report Outlines Current Status of Directed Energy Weapons Supply Chain

Directed energy weapons (DEWs), including high energy lasers (HELs) and high-power microwaves (HPMs), have emerged as potentially transformative weapons on the...

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Materials

Preliminary Report Shows 737 Fuselage Bolts Were Missing Before Alaska Airlines Flight

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published its preliminary report on the cause of the in-flight structural failure that occurred during...

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Automotive

NVH-Fighting Plastic EV Motor Mount Wins Lightweighting Award

Most motor mounts, even for EV applications, are made of metal alloys. It makes intuitive sense: It’s a vibration-intensive mounting application that demands durability...

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Army Launches $50 Million Advanced Manufacturing Initiative for Aviation and Weapon Systems

The U.S. Army has awarded a $50 million three-year research project to Auburn University to understand how new manufacturing materials and...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

How the US Navy Uses Organic Manufacturing to Combat Supply Chain Constraints

When supply chain constraints make it challenging to source parts for aircraft maintained at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE), the depot’s organic...

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Regulations/Standards

Boeing 737 MAX 9 Fleet Grounded Following In-Flight Loss of Cabin Door Plug

The Federal Aviation Administration has grounded 171 in-service Boeing 737 MAX 9s following an Alaska Airlines flight involving the aircraft type last week....

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Schaeffler Heads Back to CES with New Acquisition, Capabilities

Schaeffler Group, energized by a new acquisition and a new tagline “we pioneer motion,” will showcase new capabilities at CES in January — its first appearance at the...

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Materials

Unlocking the Potential of 3D-Printed Polymers in Aerospace and Defense

As we look ahead, it’s evident that the aerospace and defense industries are at the forefront of leveraging the potential of additive manufacturing. They are the main reason for the advent of high-performance polymers in AM.

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

How Distributed Metal Additive Manufacturing Can Add a Surge to Military Supplier Strategies

By embracing advanced metal additive manufacturing, ammunition and systems manufacturers can enhance their responsiveness to changing demands and better secure their supply chains against potential threats.

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New Technique for Environmentally Friendly Battery Recycling

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have created a new and efficient way to recycle metals from spent electric vehicle (EV) batteries. The method allows recovery of 100 percent of the aluminum and 98 percent of the lithium in EV batteries.

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Power

Designing Solid-State Batteries with Mechanics in Mind

A team developed a framework for designing solid-state batteries (SSBs) with mechanics in mind. Their paper, published in Science, reviewed how these factors change SSBs during their cycling.

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Composite Repair Engineering Case Studies for U.S. Army Aerostructures

As technologies develop, aircraft mature, and strides are made in advanced materials development and analysis, aircraft have increased use of advanced composites within the aerostructure. These advanced materials are now being used in highly loaded structures, including aerodynamic profiles.

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Materials

Modeling and Experimenting with 2D Materials for CMOS Type Devices and Digital Integrated Circuits

Two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides have been proposed as novel optoelectronic materials for space applications due to their relatively light weight. MoS2 has been shown to have excellent semiconducting and photonic properties. Here, we report the effect of gamma irradiation on the structural and optical properties of a monolayer of MoS2.

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Automotive

Panel: Better Tech Can Make Recycled Aluminum More Desirable

A panel of metal-recycling experts said the biggest challenge facing the recycling industry is that the composition of materials coming from the stream of scrapped vehicles...

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Schaeffler Promotes E-Motor Manufacturing Flexibility

Global auto supplier Schaeffler Group has a message for the EV motor market: the company is capable of building custom solutions for many different EV drivelines and use cases. And...

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3D Printing in Combat Zones: A Paradigm Shift for Marine Corps Logistics

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to execute its strategic shift towards the Indo-Pacific, the importance of overcoming the logistical challenges of the modern...

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Aerospace

New CFM56 Turbine Blades to Improve Reliability for Thousands of Commercial and Military Aircraft Engines

CFM International has introduced a new design for High-Pressure Turbine (HPT) blades featured on the CFM56 engine, one of the most...

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Materials

Magna Introduces 100% Melt-Recyclable Foam for Seating

Magna last week announced the development of EcoSphere, which it calls an industry-first product that will prevent one category of material — seat foam padding and trim covers —...

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AUSA 2023: Long Range Hypersonic Weapon Leads Army’s Modernization Priorities

One of the top modernization efforts for the Army is the development of long-range hypersonic capabilities, according to comments made by Secretary of the...

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Energy

Toyota Still Favors Nickel-Metal Hydride Batteries for HEVs

Toyota has no immediate plans to drop its decades-long history of using NiMH (nickel-metal hydride) batteries, a stark contrast to other automakers solely offering electrified...

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Energy

Solid-State EV Batteries Project to Low Penetration in 2030

Although the automotive industry sees solid-state batteries as the next game-changer for EV driving range, performance and safety, the technology is projected to penetrate the...

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Energy

Leaders Optimistic North America Lithium Supply Gap Can be Eliminated

At the Battery Show North America, a panel of leaders addressed North America’s lithium supply challenges, and talked about signs that aggressive movement from...

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