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Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) scientific and engineering expertise is of great benefit to American consumers, industry, and state and local government. The easiest way to obtain AFRL expertise is through the Technical Assistance or Tech Assist (TA) program. Through the program TA companies can obtain AFRL expertise and technology in an informal and timely manner. Companies are not charged for AFRL technical efforts. Transfer of Air Force expertise or technology is accomplished without the legal protection of a CRADA or license.

TA is the most frequently used technology transfer mechanism by WTN clients. TAs address a wide variety of technical problems. In most cases the TA is provided by AFRL. TA may also be arranged with another company, federal lab, or university that participates in WTN. In all cases, American companies, consumers and government agencies are helped in diverse and remarkable ways.

  • Divelbiss (Fredericktown, Ohio) provided the Divelbiss Fuzzy Logic Controller to SuperDrive, Inc. in Piqua, Ohio for the development of a continuously variable truck transmission that improves fuel economy by 20-25% at normal highway speeds. The Sensors Directorate (AFRL/SN) transferred the fuzzy logic technology to Divelbiss through a previous TA.

  • Faraday Technology, Inc. of Clayton, Ohio received a $50,000 NASA award to advance environmentally friendly processing technology for metallization of electronic high density interconnect (HDI) features that increase the density of printed wiring boards.

  • The Air Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/VA) and the Sensors Directorate (AFRL/SN) are assisting Scitex Digital Printing, Inc. in Kettering, Ohio with the development of high speed digital printing technologies for commercial products.

  • The Propulsion Directorate (AFRL/PR) assisted The Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio with MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) technology, Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane (POSS) nanotechnology, and microfluidic computational fluid dynamics.

  • The Human Effectiveness Directorate (AFRL/HE) assisted The Procter & Gamble Company with food supplements and effects on cognitive performance.

  • In partnership with Minnesota Technology, Inc., WTN provided TA to Advanced Lighting System (ALS) in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Dr. Bob Monter (WTN) provided on-site assistance to ALS, who was having a problem with crosshead extrusion of wire and cable.

  • The Air Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/VA) is providing TA to Gevers Aircraft, Inc. of Brownsburg, Indiana for the development of the patented Genesis Triphibian Aircraft concept. The Genesis Aircraft concept is a revolutionary design that provides greatly enhanced performance.

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