Technology Transfer

The Doolittle Institute’s Technology Transfer team looks forward to helping your organization benefit from expansive basic and applied research performed at DoD laboratories, in particular the Air Force Research Labs (AFRL) Munitions Directorate*. Please contact us to discuss working with them.

AFRL/RW Technology Focus Areas

  • Aviation Technology
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Electrotechnology and Fluidics
  • Guided Missile Technology
  • Materials
  • Mathematical and Computer Sciences
  • Military Sciences
  • Navigation, Detection and Countermeasures
  • Ordnance
  • Physics
  • Power Production and Energy Conservation (nonpropulsive)
  • Test Equipment, Research Facilities and Reprography

What is Technology Transfer?

Technology Transfer is the intentional sharing of knowledge, expertise, equipment and other resources between different organizations for the purpose of further development and/or commercialization. The Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 established technology transfer as a mission of the federal government.

Why Technology Transfer?

Gain Access to AFRL Resources

Engage in Cooperative Research with AFRL

Use AFRL Equipment for Cooperative Research

Hire AFRL to Perform Specialized Testing & Evaluation

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Intellectual Property Search Tools

Click the Air Force Research Laboratory logo for a listing of available Air Force technologies, the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) logo for a searchable database of Federal Lab technologies available for license or call us at (850)226-4383 to talk with a Technology Transfer team member.


Featured AFRL Munitions Directorate Technologies

Low Alloy, High Performance Steel

Abstract: A low alloy, high performance steel having high impact toughness and high ductility, as well as methods of making and heat treating the alloy, are provided. The alloy steel composition consists essentially of about 0.24% to about 0.32% carbon, about 2.00% to about 3.00% chromium, about 0.50% to about 1.50% molybdenum, about 0.05% to about 0.35% vanadium, about 1.00% manganese or less, about 3.00% nickel or less, about 1.50% silicon or less, with minimal impurities, and balance consisting essentially of iron, wherein % is weight percent based on the entire weight of the alloy steel composition. The impurities may include about 0.20% copper or less, about 0.015% phosphorous or less, about 0.012% sulfur or less, about 0.02% calcium or less, about 0.15% nitrogen or less, and/or about 0.025% aluminum or less. Also disclosed is a hardened and tempered article that has high impact toughness, as well as other favorable physical properties.

US Patent Application 20160369362

Features & Benefits: Half the cost compared to current steels with similar properties, high strength and wear resistance, tungsten-free, cobalt-free, low nickel content, uses standard “air melt” production process,

Potential Applications: penetrators, earth moving equipment, heavy equipment, oil and gas, mining, construction

Spiral Linear Shaped Charge Jet

Abstract: The invention represents a novel system for controlling the yield of an explosive charge that enables the explosive yield to be selected or decreased from full-yield detonation incrementally down to low-yield detonation using a continuous linear shaped charge jet spiraled around the main charge explosive and deflagrating a selected portion of the main charge explosive. The spiral linear shaped charge jet initiation system activates and projects a liner in a radial direction across a diameter of the main charge explosive in a spiral around its axis at a preselected deflagration velocity toward a main-charge detonation shock front reducing the main charge explosive.

US Patent 8,033,224

Potential Applications: oil and gas industry

Array Set Addressing for Hexagonally Arranged Data Sampling Elements

Abstract: A new method and apparatus for addressing hexagonally arranged data sampling elements is described. Array set addressing, or ASA, is a new method for capturing information from a hexagonal grid of image sensor pixels, or any hexagonal grid of data sampling elements, for image processing or any computational manipulation of sampling data. ASA represents the hexagonal grids as a set of two rectangular arrays which can individually indexed by integer-valued row and column indices. The two arrays are distinguished using a single binary coordinate so that a full address for any point on the hexagonal grid is uniquely represented by three coordinates representing which array and the row and column. The new addressing method supports efficient linear algebra and other image processing manipulation and can be straightforwardly implemented in conventional electronic hardware and digital processing systems.

US Patent 8,797,436

Potential Applications: telecommunications transcoding, image compression, finger print matching, facial recognition, photography, medical imaging, high definition television, satellite imagery, x-ray imaging, multi spectrum scanning, video streaming, optical character reader

For a searchable database of intellectual property from all United States Federal Laboratories, including the Department of Defense, NASA, Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy and more, please follow this link to the Federal Lab Consortium Search Tool.