OC-ALC explores E-Drill with OSU under cooperative research and development agreement

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The Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex signed a cooperative research and development agreement with Oklahoma State University in a ceremony held here Feb. 16, 2023.

The CRADA will partner OC-ALC and OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology on the development of E-Drill technology for use in aircraft maintenance methods.

“This partnership supports research that will help improve maintenance operations in the depot to better advance readiness in the Air Force,” said Maj. Gen. Jeff King, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex commander.

The agreement explores the E-Drill process parameters, equipment, configurations, and all variables necessary to validate and verify the technology to resolve many common issues with standard manual fastener removal, and can potentially result in more reliable, repeatable results.

The E-Drill will also contribute to the furtherance of STEM outreach efforts by giving students access to cutting-edge research tools.

“Our graduate and undergraduate students benefit from understanding the engineering challenges facing the Air Force in sustaining aircraft and engines,” said Dr. Kurt Rouser, assistant professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace engineering. “This opportunity will enhance a pipeline of talent uniquely prepared for the aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul industry that has a national hub situated at the crossroads here in Oklahoma.”

The Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex’s ongoing support and involvement with the educational community continues to encourage, influence, and heighten scientific development for future engineers and artisans.