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UD researchers have been awarded a $43-million ceiling Air Force contract to perform research and development in nonmetallic materials for maintenance, repair and manufacture of Air Force air, space and ground vehicles.

Nonmetallic materials such as sealants and elastomers are used throughout aircraft and other vehicles as fluid barriers, gap fillers, vibration suppression and other applications that require a non-structural material. In this particular program, researchers will also work with adhesives and composite materials, which are used in place of metallic materials to help decrease aircraft weight.

"Our goal is to provide research, development and expertise in nonmetallic materials, processes and new technologies designed to improve systems performance and capability, while reducing risk, cost and environmental impact," said Dan McCray, leader of UDRI's aerospace materials sustainment group, who will serve as principal investigator for the work.

At the University of Dayton, we’re committed to research for the common good – and developing solutions that make the world a better place for everyone.

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As dean of the School of Engineering, I am privileged to watch our students growing into engineers dedicated to a better world for us all. At the University of Dayton, we're committed to supporting student success by providing opportunities that connect learning, research and scholarship with leadership and service — the Catholic, Marianist tradition.

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