|Fatigue and Fracture
The Air Force Research Laboratory's Air Vehicles Directorate
(AFRL/VA) has unique and extensive fatigue and fracture testing facilities and equipment
for supporting its mission. The fluctuations in workload requiring utilization of these
facilities and equipment for mission specific activities, permit the interim use of the
facilities and equipment for use in research and development activities in accordance with
AFRL's responsibility for promoting domestic technology transfer and utilization of its
science and technology resources. AdTech Systems Research, Inc., is a local company with
fatigue and fracture expertise but limited test facilities.
Network (WTN) facilitated a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) that
satisfies the needs of both parties. This CRADA established a mechanism for AdTech to use
the AFRL/VA fatigue and fracture testing facilities on a non-interference basis. Under
this CRADA, AdTech will share valuable test data with the Air Force or make
pre-established payments to AFRL/VA for use of the facility.
- AdTech Systems, Inc. will benefit
from the development and use of new capabilities and knowledge for further research in the
development of advanced structural component designs and in the performance of test and
- AdTech will benefit from test and evaluation data regarding compression, tensile
strength, and torsion at various temperatures and other environmental conditions in the
development of models and corresponding software.
- The new knowledge from this research will improve product quality, and
structural component performance.
- AFRL/VA will benefit by the development and use of new capabilities and
knowledge for further military research and use in military fatigue and fracture testing
of structural components. For example; fatigue test data, which is necessary to model
crack growth, is expensive and time-consuming to obtain.
- AFRL/VA will also benefit by gaining access to newly generated structural design
concepts that are not normally tested under military sponsored programs, and by having a
means to assist U.S. industry while receiving compensation for use of its facilities and
- Compensation to the AFRL/VA will include: (1) reimbursements from AdTech for use
of their Fatigue and Fracture Test Facility at the rates specified in the CRADA; (2)
royalties from patents and copyrights made under the CRADA; and (3) a share in income from
the sale or lease of other technology developed by AdTech under this CRADA.
If you have any questions about this Cooperative Research and Development
Agreement or are interested in getting more information about technology
transfer and CRADA projects, please contact Jim Singer at Wright
Technology Network (937) 253-0217 or CRADA@wtn.org
- This is a relatively new CRADA.
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