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NSWC Crane Enters Into Multi-university CRADA to Increase Performance and Safety of Pyrotechnics

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Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) has entered into a multi-university Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Purdue University, Iowa State University, and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology 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 about the 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 provides federal laboratories with a vehicle to facilitate the transfer of commercially useful technologies from federal labs to the private sector.

To learn more about NSWC Crane, visit http://www.navsea.navy.mil/Home/Warfare-Centers/NSWC-Crane/.

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