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Support for Materials Research

UDRI Receives New Contracts from the Air Force

With two large, multi-year contracts recently received from the Air Force’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, UDRI continues a long working relationship with Wright-Patterson AFB in the areas of composite, adhesive, elastomer, and sealant materials research.

A contract received in the Nonmetallic Materials division of UDRI is projected to be worth $9.5 million over four-and-a-half years. This contract continues a working relationship between UDRI and the Air Force in the area of aerospace composites research that has existed since the 1970s. Research will be performed in several areas, including development, processing, joining, and mechanics and failure prediction of new composite materials. Brian Rice serves as the principal investigator on this new contract.

A delivery order contract received in UDRI’s Materials Engineering division from the Air Force has a ceiling value of $9.9 million dollars over the next five years. The first delivery order alone, begun in November, has a value of over $4 million to UDRI. Research will continue on composite, adhesive, elastomer, and sealant materials with aerospace applications, especially in regards to repair and maintainability. Bob Askins serves as the principal investigator on this contract. UDRI has been working with the Air Force in these materials areas for over 40 years, and has been involved in repair and maintainability work for over 20 years.

December 2000
by Julia Phelps

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