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NEWS | April 2, 2024

NSWC Crane Technology Transfer bridges the gap between innovation and businesses through licensing Navy technology

By NSWC Crane

Submitted by CLT: Ultra Short Pulse Laser (USPL) Workstation processing sample material.An NSWC Crane technology was licensed to industry, through a Government Purpose License, to support U.S. Submarines and their mission undersea. Consolidated Laser Technologies (CLT) will leverage the technology for the creation and testing of Ultra Short Pulse Laser (USPL) techniques. 

“The NSWC Crane Technology Transfer (T2) Office creates opportunities to support the warfighter through further intellectual property development by extending government-purpose licenses,” said Maria Duran, NSWC Crane T2 Director. “This project is one of many NSWC Crane licenses that T2 produces each year.”

This Ultra Short Pulse Laser (USPL) techniques focuses on increasing the bond strength between metal alloys and their coatings, to reduce manpower requirements supporting the Submarine Industrial Base (SIB) mission. Largely accomplished by proper treatment of new components, reducing maintenance requirements, NSWC Crane has led and conducted processes and evaluations for this initiative.

“For eight years, there’s been a very broad collaboration with many parties involved, bringing solutions to real warfare problems,” said Steven Seghi, NSWC Crane scientist and inventor of the technology. “Currently, [NSWC Crane chemical engineer and Polymer Laboratory lead] Sarah McGahan and I have submitted a proposal to OSD in response to their corrosion program to determine if this process is better for underwater corrosion prevention.”

Furthering this technology could save sailors serving all over the world valuable time.

“Corrosion is a major, world-wide problem costing over billions of dollars per year, exclusively in relevance to U.S. Navy applications. The thrust of this effort is to reduce corrosion and reduce time spent on the maintenance of submarine ships,” said Lee Dingman, CEO of Consolidated Laser Technologies.

“Our goal is to ensure technology is not just sitting on the shelf collecting dust, but rather pushed out to the public to better serve our economy and the warfighter,” said by Maria Duran, the T2 Director at NSWC Crane. “We are very happy our office was able to quickly turn around a Government Purpose License and CLT was able to gain traction with a direct pathway for utilization of the IP.”

NSWC Crane’s T2 Program helps link NSWC Crane’s research and development to academic institutions and businesses in the private sector. The NSWC Crane T2 program has partnerships with more than 100 businesses, individuals and universities, including over 200 active agreements.

“Even more so, this is another a great story due to the fact that the Intellectual Property employed in this effort was developed by personnel at NSWC Crane, intentionally spun out to industry to deploy it in a usable form back to the Navy, thanks to the efforts of the Technology Transfer partnerships,” said Dingman.

Dingman stated, “Once validation testing is completed, the goal is to employ practical application form factors and new materials for increased deployment of the USPL processes.”

About NSWC Crane | NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) with mission areas in Expeditionary Warfare, Strategic Missions and Electromagnetic Warfare. The warfare center is responsible for multi-domain, multi- spectral, full life cycle support of technologies and systems enhancing capability to today's Warfighter.

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