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Division 25: Photonic & Electronic Technologies

Laser Hardened Materials Evaluation Laboratory

For over 40 years, the Laser Hardened Materials Evaluation Laboratory (LHMEL®) has provided the aerospace community with a comprehensive source for high temperature characterization of current and emerging materials using a variety of infrared laser sources and operationally significant environmental simulation capabilities.

Operated by UES, Inc. and managed by AFRL’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, LHMEL provides high performance data to the United States Air Force, the Department of Defense, NASA, and commercial industry customers, like Ladd Henneman from Lockheed-Martin, who said “LHMEL testing has been critical to the success of our flight test program.”

This nationally unique research and development laboratory specializes in laser/materials interaction testing, including thermal simulation testing, and features lasers ranging in power from 1-kW to 100-kW.

Testing at LHMEL is reimbursably funded. Reimbursements can be made via direct fund cite, MIPR, or commercial purchase order through an existing CRADA with AFRL/RX. 

Contact us through the form below to learn more about how you can access LHMEL’s capabilities through UES.

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