The NRL teams, comprised of researchers for the NRL-developed technologies Contaminant Transfer Analyst (CT-Analyst®) and Siloxane-Based Non-Skid Coating; representatives from the NRL Office of Technology Transfer; Office of Counsel; Department of Defense (DoD) TechLink; and commercial partner NFC Coatings, Inc., were presented the awards during the FLC Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting and Industry Day, Oct. 18, at the Universities of Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland.
CT-Analyst®, developed at the NRL Laboratories for Computational Physics & Fluid Dynamics (LCP&FD), is a tool designed to provide first responders with fast and accurate predictions of chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) agent transport in urban settings. CT-Analyst® excels at providing immediate results thanks to advanced pre-computed plume information databases called Nomografs®. CT-Analyst® was used in a command and control capacity as part of the last two U.S. Presidential Inaugurations as well as other major national security events. The NRL team working on CT-Analyst® consists of researchers Dr. Jay Boris, Dr. Gopal Patnaik, Keith Obenschain, and Adam Moses; Amanda Horansky-McKinney (Senior Licensing Associate, NRL), Patricia Doutriaux (Office of Counsel, NRL), Kendra Flowers (Office of Counsel, NRL), Cameron Childs (former Licensing Associate, NRL), and Dr. John Dennis (DoD's TechLink).
CT-Analyst® gives first responders a key advantage so they spend less time calculating response needs and more time saving lives, said Moses, computer scientist, NRL Laboratory for Advanced Computational Physics. Basically, every scenario you can imagine has already been processed, letting you know where a toxic plume is headed and where it is not, and allowing you to plan for both circumstances.
The technology transfer of CT-Analyst® resulted in the delivery of a tool for first responders at the federal, state, local, and international levels. It is currently being used by emergency personnel in the city of Los Angeles, the city of Hamburg in Germany, country-wide in Kuwait, and eventually by the city of Oslo in Norway.
The second technology, Siloxane-Based Non-Skid Coating, developed by the NRL Chemistry Division, is a novel two-component siloxane-based non-skid coating for use on the decks of U.S. Navy surface ships. The silicon-based non-skid coating has proven to be more durable, color retentive and chemical resistant compared to traditional non-skid coatings.