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The KIVA story: a paradigm of technology transfer

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2 Author(s)
Amsden, D.C. ; Los Alamos Nat. Lab., NM, USA ; Amsden, A.A.

The authors discuss a case history of technology transfer from a government laboratory to industry, to other laboratories, and to universities. The technology transferred is a computer program named KIVA that simulates air flow, fuel sprays, and combustion in practical combustion devices such as a automobile and truck engines, gas turbines that power jet aircraft, and industrial furnaces, heaters, and waste incinerators. The success of the transfer process derives not from presenting a finished product, but rather from working closely with KIVA users at every stage of development. By making the original source code available to a broad user community, a second avenue of transfer occurs as university engineering departments prepare students to enter industry

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Professional Communication, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:36 ,  Issue: 4 )