Problem: AdTech has a program with the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (AFRL/ML) to fabricate titanium aluminide intake and exhaust valves for internal combustion engines. The objective is to demonstrate the usefulness of a material that has undergone extensive development by the Air Force. The approach chosen for the demonstration was to fabricate a valve using a design from a high performance racing engine. Due to the valves' lighter weight, the engine can be operated at higher RPMs without the valves "floating". Additionally, this valve will allow the engine to operate at a higher engine exhaust temperature and thereby improve its performance. AdTech was finding it difficult to locate a test bed.
Solution: Wright Technology Network (WTN) located a company that specializes in upgrading Corvette engines for racing. That company has the dynamometers and associated test equipment to perform a quantitative test. WTN contacted the company and arranged a contact with AdTech. The company has agreed to a test program.
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