Air Force identifies nickel-free material for F-35 aircraft systems
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) -- Nickel-based materials are used in several components of today’s fighter aircraft; however, working with these materials can be dangerous for installers and requires special handling procedures.
Through a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract with the Air Force, Triton Systems, Inc., located in Massachusetts, developed a nickel-free material technology that is positioned for transition to several F-35 Joint Strike Fighter applications. Transition of this technology is anticipated to save $550 million across the aircraft’s lifecycle.
U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King, Jr.