Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) has developed a patent pending suite of innovative radiation hardened by design (RHBD) power structures addressing an array of radiation issues exhibited by commercial power devices, such as single-event gate rupture (SEGR), single-event burnout (SEB), and ionizing radiation. These RHBD power structures provide unique operating characteristics and performance that lowers manufacturing costs, allows for smaller sizes, reduces overall weight, and supports higher voltages which lead to more design options and flexibility for products. Device designs allow for easy integration into existing fabrication processes with minimal effort and costs. They can be fabricated as a discrete power device or fabricated into more complex integrated circuits such as linear or analog circuits. Government and prime contractors are sought for integrating and transitioning these structures into commercial, space, and military products for improved system performance and market demand.
Integrated Radar, Optical Surveillance and Sighting System (IROS3)
Responding to the increasing threats to high dollar value and exposed naval equipment, the Navy developed the Integrated Radar, Optical Surveillance and Sighting System (IROS3). This system includes the capability to surveil, track and respond to threats in a manual or semi-automated fashion. The core of the system consists of an intuitive user interface coupled with software drivers for external devices (e.g. cameras, spotlights and audible warning systems) and a digital input/output card capable of up to 32 connections. This system, along with a control console, electro-optical system, audible hailing device, spotlights and a stabilized weapon mount was demonstrated on board the USS Ramage (DDG 61) in 2003. The first system installed for operational use occurred in 2007. The technology is currently available for licensing.
Pyrotechnics are used in a variety of applications including fireworks and colored signal flares. Currently available fireworks and signal flares use perchlorate oxidizers to produce their desired colors. Residual perchlorates from pyrotechnic devices may leach into groundwater and cause widespread contamination that requires remediation. NSWC has reformulated pyrotechnic compositions for red, yellow, and green to remove perchlorate ingredients, while maintaining or improving performance. Compositions have been developed, prototyped and tested with documented results.
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) has developed patent pending technology and methods to increase the adhesive properties of a surface through laser nanostructuring or texturing. Ultrashort pulse lasers are used to athermally convert the target surface into a plasma state for restructuring on the target surface. The nanostructuring adjusts the interfacing material’s characteristics, such as the surface area or the chemical interaction properties. This new process has the potential to replace mechanical abrasion, etching, or chemical bonding agents in a variety of applications including, but not limited to, the medical field, removal of coatings, application of longer lasting coatings, and energy storage. Government and prime contractors are sought for integrating and transitioning these structures into commercial and military products for improved performance and market demand.