Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, has partnered with the University of Southern Indiana to jointly perform research on chemical reactions.
The two parties signed a cooperative research and development agreement on Monday to initiate the joint effort, Naval Sea Systems Command said Tuesday.
The new agreement allows for sharing of experts, laboratories and equipment between USI and NSWC Crane.
Jonathan Dilger, director of research at NSWC Crane, said that the agreement addresses a need for studies on chemical outputs of special munitions and pyrotechnic reactions.
"We wanted to research the potential harmful effects these chemical reactions could have on the environment and warfighters themselves," he said.
This partnership adds to other collaborative technology efforts between USI and the Defense Department over the past decade.