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TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER MISSION ALREADY SHOWING RESULTS AT DOE'S OAK RIDGE Y-12 PLANT

 OAK RIDGE, Tenn, Nov. 18 ~PRNewswire~ -- Even though technology transfer is a relatively new mission for this facility which, until recently, made components for nuclear weapons, the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant (Y-12) already is attracting lots of attention from U.S. industry.
 In fiscal year 1992, Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc., which manages Y-12 for the Department of Energy (DOE), executed 12 cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) with industry. The total value of the 12 CRADAs is more than $24.5 million.
 A CRADA is a cooperative agreement under which Martin Marietta Energy Systems and at least one private company agree to pool their resources toward the solution of a problem of interest to both parties.
 Industrial partners in the CRADAs range from small companies, such as Vacuum Technology, Inc., of Oak Ridge, to industrial giant General Motors.
 "This number of interactions with industry in the short time since we announced our technology transfer mission indicates that our program is off to a good start," said Gordon G. Fee, Martin Marietta Energy Systems' senior vice president. "We are confident that we will become a partner in many more CRADAs during the current fiscal year."
 "Our Y-12 technology transfer organization has done a tremendous job in a very short time," Fee added. "This success is especially significant when you consider the abrupt change from a culture where our work was conducted with great secrecy to this new focus on working openly with industry."
 Fee made introductory remarks this morning at an Oak Ridge workshop designed to showcase Y-12's advanced manufacturing technologies to small businesses from around the southeastern United States. More than 180 persons registered to attend the workshop, "Making the Connection: Oak Ridge Technologies for Small Business Solution."
 The Y-12 Plant was built in 1943 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of the Manhattan Project. The wartime mission of the plant was to separate uranium-235 for use in an atomic weapon. After World War II, and until recently, the primary mission of the plant has been to manufacture nuclear weapon components and to recycle uranium components from retired or obsolete weapons.
 Today, the plant no longer is producing nuclear weapons components. On June 29, the Department of Energy launched the technology transfer mission at a ceremony in which the opening of a security gate symbolized that the east end of the plant was being opened for access by industry.
 The 12 CRADAs involving Y-12 participation that were executed in fiscal year 1992 are:
 -- Two with Coors Structural Ceramics Co., of Oak Ridge. One, with
 a total value of $290,000, is for non-destructive testing of
 ceramic components. The other, a $3.6 million project, is for
 development of precision machining and inspection technology for
 structural ceramics.
 -- A $1.21 million project with Pratt & Whitney of East Hartford,
 Conn., is for advanced machining applications of optical
 inspection.
 -- Y-12 will work with the FMC Corporation of Bessemer City, N.C.,
 to develop a remote lithium extraction process. Value of the
 project is $344,000.
 -- Oak Ridge company Vacuum Technology Inc., and Y-12 are partners
 in a $172,000 project to develop a self-calibrating mass
 spectrometer.
 -- A $2.4 million CRADA allows Y-12 to work with Detroit Diesel
 Corporation of Detroit to develop cost-effective machining and
 inspection of structural ceramics.
 -- The Lanxide Corporation of Newark, Del., also is participating in
 a $2.4 million CRADA with Y-12 to develop cost-effective
 machining and inspection of structural ceramics.
 -- Y-12 and Moore Special Tool Company of Bridgeport, Conn., are
 partners in a $1.8 million project for optimization of jig
 grinding operations.
 -- Four CRADAs are with General Motors:
 One, with General Motors Advanced Engineering of Warren, Mich.,
 is a $3 million project to develop a tubular design advisor that
 can be used by automotive designers to determine
 "manufacturability," design considerations and optimal process
 techniques and parameters.
 Y-12 and General Motors (Delco Remy Division) of Anderson, Inc.,
 have a $3.22 million project to evaluate alternative electric
 drive systems for machine tools and automotive electric systems,
 and to select a "best" machine type for each of the applications.
 General Motors (Allison Division) of Indianapolis, Inc., is
 participating in a $4 million CRADA to design, develop and
 demonstrate an integrated turbine generator set suitable for
 high-efficiency power generation requirements.
 The AC Rochester Division of General Motors has joined Y-12 in a
 $2.1 million CRADA for joint development of sensors and sensor
 systems for engine management.
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 ~CONTACT: Joe Culver, Public Affairs Manager, Office of Technology Transfer, Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc., 615-576-6349~


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