Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane (NSWC Crane) has entered into a multi-university Collaborative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Purdue University, Iowa State University and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The goal of this CRADA is to develop and characterize new pyrotechnic ingredients, formulations, additives and binders.
Dr. Eric Miklaszewski, NSWC Crane principal investigator, developed this collaborative agreement with well-known academic leaders in energetic material combustion including Steven Son of Purdue, Dr. Lori Groven of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Travis Sippel of Iowa State University.
Dr. Jonathan Dilger, research coordinator for NSWC Crane’s Science and Technology division, provided additional details on the collaborative effort. “The work that we have initiated with these universities is to increase the operational performance for pyrotechnics as well as to increase operational safety. There’s a range of research that the CRADA allows us to perform collaboratively. This research will investigate several areas to include, but are not limited to, mechanically activated fuels, alternative energetic binders, and other additives to decrease sensitivity,” Dilger explained.
A CRADA, such as this multi-university one, provides federal laboratories with a vehicle to facilitate the transfer of commercially useful technologies from federal labs to the private sector.
NSWC Crane’s Technology Transfer (T2) Program helps link federal research and development to the private sector. The program has partnerships with more than 100 businesses, individuals and academic institutions. Currently there are 33 active CRADAs and 161 active agreements for fiscal year 2016.
NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). The warfare center is responsible for multi-domain, multi- spectral, full life cycle support of technologies and systems enhancing capability to today’s warfighter.