US Army Opportunities (ARDEC)

 

The U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), headquartered at Picatinny, New Jersey, is a preeminent National and international leader in the research, development, engineering and production support for defense armament systems. The organization's primary mission is to execute and manage life cycle engineering processes required for the research, development, production, field support and demilitarization of ammunition, weapons, fire control and associated items. 

ARDEC partners with a wide variety of organizations including industry, academia and other Government organizations to accelerate the development and transition of new technologies for the warfighter. ARDEC's research investment has also demonstrated commercial spin-off benefits for the nation's civilian economy. Material science, manufacturing processes, virtual reality and simulation, image processing, and non-destructive testing are just a few of the capabilities available to the private sector. 

ARDEC has engaged InSitech to help identify collaboration partners interested in discussing potential CRADA and TSA relationships. A complete inventory and descriptions of ARDEC's unique facilities available for commercial collaboration can be found here: 

https://www.pica.army.mil/TechTran/facilities/index.asp 

Below are descriptions of some specific ARDEC laboratories, facilities and capabilities that may be of interest to the commercial sector.  

 

 

Precision Armaments Laboratory

The Precision Armaments Laboratory (PAL) is a dedicated Department of Defense facility established to provide a cost effective means to investigate, experiment and evaluate the life cycle aspects of sensor/seeker devices specifically with respect to their all-weather performance requirements. For more information please see here.


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Homeland Defense Technology Center

Picatinny's Homeland Defense Technology Center (HDTC) was designated on 12 March 2003 by the Governor New Jersey as a NJ Center for Homeland Defense and Security Readiness. The ARDEC Homeland Defense Technology Team has acted swiftly to identify and move forward Army technologies that will serve both the military and civilian technological needs imposed by the Global War on Terror (GWOT). The growth of the HDTC is expanding as it exploits its core technological areas which include Sensors, Non-Lethal Systems, Knowledge Management and its growth areas that include biometrics, rapid prototyping, the defeat of lethal mechanisms, and the access of facilities for training of military and First Responders. For more information please see here.


 

Corrosion Testing Facility

The Corrosion Instrumented Test Yard (CITY), part of the Advanced Materials Technology Branch (AMTB), has a fully functional atmospheric exposure site that provides the AMTB with the capability to conduct long-term corrosion studies on Army related material in accordance with ASTM G50 "Standard Practice for Conducting Atmospheric Corrosion Tests on Metals" at Picatinny. In addition to the atmospheric exposure site, the AMTB has electrochemical testing equipment that is capable of running numerous electrochemical tests in the laboratory as well as in the field. Further specialized equipment includes a cyclic corrosion chamber (for running ASTM B117 and GM 9540P tests), xenon arc chamber, gravelometer, contact angle meter, scratch tester, etc. Metallurgical facilities are also on-site to provide extensive corrosion failure analysis.


 

Joint Test Protocols for Corrosion Protection

The AMTB has developed a set of Joint Test Protocols (JTPs) related to corrosion protection that may be of interest to companies wishing to demonstrate the corrosion resistance of their products to the DoD. Note that some of the JTPs are in draft form pending final administrative approval.
 

Validation of the Corrosion Performance of Metal-Matrix Composites for Military Applications

Validation of Corrosion Protection for Large Caliber Munitions

Validation of Corrosion Protection for Military Electrical Connectors

Validation of Corrosion Protection for Ground Vehicle Body Panels 

Validation of Corrosion Resistance Properties of Lubricants for Military Weapons

Validation of Corrosion Protection for Magnesium Alloys

Metallurgical Testing Laboratory

The Metallurgical Testing Laboratory features an array of compositional analysis techniques, mechanical property evaluation equipment, and non-destructive visual inspection methods.


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Advanced Materials Printing and Prototyping Technology Laboratory

ARDEC’s Printed Electronics, Energetics, Materials & Sensors (PEEMS) capability focuses on the development and acceleration of “state-of-the-art” in materials printing, direct write, flexible electronics, and conformal systems while providing paradigm change in production techniques needed for future domestic production of smaller, lighter, reliable components and devices for the Warfighter.


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Organic Materials Technology Branch

The Organic Materials Technology Branch is positioned to provide ARDEC armaments development and engineering organizations with consultation, laboratory services, and rapid prototyping solutions on base. Expertise is provided in the materials technology areas of design and fabrication, testing, adhesives and sealants, and lubricants. The branch also seeks transition opportunities within the armaments community and other government agencies for research conducted by DOD, academia and industry.


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Titanium Fabrication Capability

ARDEC has a proven track record of titanium innovations and advancements that include: improved melting and furnace technologies; innovative welding technology advancements; advanced, production-ready manufacturing and cost-reduction processes; and multiple extraction alternatives to the Kroll process. ARDEC has developed and utilized these and other innovative techniques in the cutting (water jet), machining, bending, and welding of titanium sheet.


 

Center for Particulate Materials & Nanotechnology

This one-of-a-kind pilot scale prototype facility has the capability to manufacture up to one kilogram an hour of nanopowder of virtually any metal or ceramic material, a dedicated nanomaterial characterization laboratory, and a set up to fabricate bulk nanostructured components. The facilities includes a induction plasma system to produce nanopowders, a state-of-the-art x-ray diffraction & x-ray scattering equipment, and variety of other apparatus needed to characterize physical, thermal, chemical, and metallurgical properties of nanomaterials.

 

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Armament Technology Facility

The Armament Technology Facility (ATF), located in Building 7, consists of an 80,000+ square foot full-service ballistic and non-ballistic; research, design, development and evaluation lab, with the capability for small and medium caliber (up to and including 40 mm) weapons, ammunition and their ancillary equipment.


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Electromagnetic Environmental Effects Laboratory

The Fuze Group's E3 team has the capability to expose systems to a wide range of severe electromagnetic environments utilizing laboratory facilities at Picatinny Arsenal and elsewhere. Experiments can be designed and executed across a broad range of requirements, including: Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation to Ordnance (HERO), Electromagnetic Radiation, Operational (EMRO) evaluation, Lightning Effects (LE), Nuclear Survivability (NS), and Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility (EMI/EMC). For more information please see here.


 

Soft Recovery System Facility (SCat Gun)

The SCat Gun is used to impart the severe launch conditions (setback up to PIMP+ 25% and other conditions unique to artillery, mortar and tank gun weapon systems) to developmental ammunition and their components. Current and future weapon requirements of increased range, high precision, high rates-of-fire, and sophisticated electronics (smart rounds) have a direct impact on ammunition development and evaluation. A means of subjecting these developmental designs to actual launch conditions (i.e. high accelerations and spin) and then soft recover for physical inspection, bench tests and evaluation are critical to the designer/engineer. The SCat Gun provides the best and most cost effective method for analyzing these critical components in their representative, unmodified structure by subjecting them to the actual launch environment and then allowing for their recovery without damaging the projectile or payload at a low cost. For more information please see here.


 

Warhead Design Facility

This facility is unique to the DOD for chemical energy warheads. The Lab has the capability to design new warhead concepts (including classified) on the computer using the latest 2D and 3D hydro codes. It optimizes warhead designs for increased lethality using these codes. Associated on site facilities exist for machining the metal parts, explosive loading and test firing these designs against a variety of targets. For more information please see here.


 

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If you would like to explore leveraging ARDEC's assets to help advance your commercial objectives, please e-mail your inquiry to armytt@insitech.org or call Alex Cocoziello at (973) 659-3334.