Scour has been linked to nearly 95% of all severely damaged and failed highway bridges constructed over waterways in the United States (Leftor, 1993). This is a hazardous condition caused by currents transporting sediments away from bridge piers and similar structures during times of rapid river flow. Scour ablation and deposition can occur during a single high energy flow event, making it difficult to detect deterioration of the structural foundation. This is further complicated by the presence of ice and debris in the waterway.
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The US Air Force seeks to commercialize through patent licensing a technology for a high performance, easy-to-manufacture cold cathode.
The US Navy seeks to commercialize through licensing an easy-to-make, versatile substrate for Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS). Even though SERS has been investigated for sensing purposes since 1974, the lack of off-the-shelf substrates and reproducibility have been the two key weak points that have prevented this useful technique from being more widely practiced.
High throughput IR spectrometer with no-moving parts and immunity to scene changes
The US Naval Research Laboratory has developed a system to detect trace amounts of explosives, drugs, and other chemicals from a stand-off distance.
The US Navy seeks a partner to license and commercialize a patent-pending technology to properly torque small connections in tight spaces
The United States Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division seeks industry partners to license and commercialize the Field Programmable Multi-Light
The US Navy seeks industry partners to license and commercialize an exemplary acoustic emission technique for monitoring and evaluating electromagnetic radiating devices. Applicable EM radiating devices include traveling wave tubes, cross-field amplifiers, magnetrons, klystrons and solid state devices.
The US Air Force seeks industry partners to license and commercialize innovative high density pedestal clamps optimized for use on optics tables where physical real estate limitations require a high density configuration.
A simple and accurate way to measure the actual remaining life of a carbon dioxide scrubber in a rebreather unit.
The US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has developed a system for the detection of Special Nuclear Materials. DTRA seeks a commercial partner for further development and licensing.