Lab Spotlight

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Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) research vehicle

At the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center, the operator of the Rosenbauer Panther Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) research vehicle positions the piercing nozzle of the high-reach extendible turret (HRET) at the window of the L-1011 test aircraft. Research conducted with this...

Alternative Fuel Testing for General Aviation

FAA Airframe and Power Plant licensed technical specialists install a turbocharged 350 horsepower engine for use in anti-detonation testing of unleaded aviation test fuels. This engine model will be used in Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI) Phase 2 testing in simulated altitude detonation...
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Ames Lab - Cerium-nanoparticles for Nylon Production

The Critical Materials Institute, a U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub led by the Ames Laboratory , has created a new chemical process that makes use of the widely available rare-earth metal cerium to improve the manufacture of nylon.The process uses a cerium-based material made into...
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AMRDEC’s Black Hawk Aircrew Trainer

The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center’s (AMRDEC) Black Hawk Aircrew Trainer (BAT) is a highly immersive home-station flight training device, composed of a state-of-the-art collimated visual system, a complete UH-60M cockpit, an instructor-operator...
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Analyzing Alaskan Climate Change

The effects of climate change in northwest Alaska are already evident: Thawing permafrost is causing lakes to drain, and wildfires are becoming more frequent as forests become drier, leading to shifts in vegetation types. These changes affect the region’s wildlife and the people who depend on...
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Archiving Tree-Ring Specimens and Data for the Future

The USDA Forest Service’s ~1@BODYURL[id=166DWlaptopcurl3]@ is preparing more than 16,000 tree-ring specimens for permanent archiving. Tree-ring specimens are multi-century records of environmental conditions at specific locations and provide invaluable data for forest research. These wood...
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Argonne - Medical Isotope Production

Over the summer, Argonne National Laboratory confirmed a new commercial method for producing a critical medical isotope. In June, Argonne demonstrated the production, separation and purification of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) using a process developed in cooperation with SHINE Medical Technologies. Mo-99...
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Argonne National Laboratory

An Argonne National Laboratory project with FMC Corporation is helping the Philadelphia-based company expand the use of its lithium technology. Researchers have discovered how to overcome technical challenges that hindered the use of Stabilized Lithium Metal Powder (SLMP®) in commercial...