The U.S. Air Force has received two patents that promise to help detect wiring problems in aircraft before they can cause catastrophic failures. "Aircraft wiring systems are known to be a large contributor to aircraft problems," said Frank H. Born of the Information Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Rome, N.Y. "Cable chafing and connector corrosion are both age-related, and, as such, will continue to cause more problems as the air fleet ages." AFRL, which received ...

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