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AFRL - Materials and Manufacturing Directorate

Laboratory Information:

AFRL - Materials and Manufacturing Directorate
Building 653
2977 Hobson Way
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-7734
Technology Transfer Website:
Agency/Department: Dept. of Defense - Air Force
Region: Midwest

FLC Laboratory Representative:

Mr. Greg McGath
Phone: 937-255-5669
Fax: (937) 656-4831

Background/History of the Laboratory:

The AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate perform comprehensive research and development activities to provide the Air Force with new or improved materials, processes, and manufacturing technologies. Directorate researchers explore new materials, processes and manufacturing technologies for use in aerospace applications including aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets, and ground-based systems and their structural, electronic and optical components.  With a host of modern materials analysis laboratories, the Directorate also provides support to Air Force weapon system acquisition offices and maintenance depots to solve materials related concerns and problems.  The Directorate plans, executes and integrates advanced manufacturing technology programs and affordability initiatives addressing manufacturing process technologies, computer integrated manufacturing and excellence through design for producibility, quality, costs and the use of commercial processes and practices for military needs.  Through its Airbase Technologies Division, located at Tyndall AFB, Fla., the Directorate conducts programs that enhance readiness, deployment, fire protection, peacetime training, and crash and rescue operations.  The Directorate also manages the Air Force Corrosion Control Program Office at Robins AFB, Ga.; the Air Force Nondestructive Inspection Office at Tinker AFB, Okla. and the Air Force Advanced Composites Office at Hill AFB, Utah.


  • Nonmetallic Materials Division (MLB)
  • Optical Measurements Facility (OMF)
  • Metals, Ceramics & Nondestructive Evaluation Division (MLL)
  • Manufacturing Technology Division (MLM)
  • Survivability & Sensor Materials Division (MLP)
  • Airbase Technologies Division (MLQ)
  • Systems Support Division (MLS)
  • Analytical Support Laboratory
  • Coatings Technology Integration Office
  • Electronic Failure Analysis Laboratory
  • Electrostatic Discharge Control Laboratory
  • Failure Analysis Laboratory
  • Materials Compatibility & Coatings Research Laboratory
  • Materials Degradation Test Facility
  • Materials Test and Evaluation Laboratory
  • System Support Nondestructive Inspection Laboratory


Technology Transfer Mechanisms:

  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs)
  • Cooperative Test Agreements (CTAs)
  • Dual Use Science & Technology (DUST) Program
  • Educational Partnership Agreements (EPAs)
  • Facility Sharing
  • Patents and Licensing
  • Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
  • Technical Assistance
  • Technology Information Center

Technology Areas of Expertise:

  • High Temperature Superconductor Materials and Pulsed Laser Deposition Process Control
  • Industrial Base Information
  • Information Support
  • Infrared Detector Materials
  • Infrared Transparency Materials
  • Integration and Operations
  • Acquisition Systems Support
  • Adhesive, Composites and Elastomers
  • Advanced Composites
  • Advanced Industrial Practices
  • Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise
  • Advanced Metallics
  • Air Expeditionary Forces Technologies
  • Aircraft Paint Materials and Processes
  • Behavior/Life Prediction
  • Business Operations
  • Ceramics
  • Chem/Bio
  • Coatings Technology Integration
  • Combat Utility Systems
  • Composites
  • Corrosion and Coatings
  • Corrosion Prevention and Control
  • Deployed Base Systems
  • Electrical and Electronic Materials Evaluation
  • Electronic Static Discharge
  • Engine Supplier Base Initiative
  • Facilities Support
  • Fire Fighting
  • Fluids and Lubricants System Support
  • Force Protection
  • Hardened Materials
  • Logistics Systems Support
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Materials and Processes for Microwave and Power Control
  • Materials Integrity
  • Materials Process Design
  • Mechanics
  • Metallic Composites
  • Metals Development
  • Military Products from Commercial Lines
  • Laser Hardened Materials
  • Nondestructive Evaluation
  • Nondestructive Research
  • Nonlinear Optical Materials
  • Nonmetallic Materials
  • Nonstructural Materials
  • Nonstructural Materials for Space Systems
  • Thermal Protection Materials
  • Pavements/Shelters
  • Plans and Programs
  • Polymers
  • Processing
  • Processing and Fabrication
  • Range Operations and Support
  • Electromagnetic and Electronic Materials
  • Robotics
  • Security Engineering and Explosives
  • Materials used in Aerospace Propulsion Systems
  • Sensor Materials
  • Specialty Coatings and Treatments
  • Structural Material and Nondestructive Evaluation
  • Structural Materials
  • Survivability and Sensor Materials
  • Systems Support
  • Thin Films, Solid Lubricants, and Wear Resistant Coatings
  • Tribology and Coatings
  • Weapon Logistics Support