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Ballistic Missile Fuel Tank Ullage Fire/Explosion Modeling

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
64103
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
031-0585
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
BlazeTech Corp.
29B Montvale Ave. Woburn, MA 01801-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Ballistic Missile Fuel Tank Ullage Fire/Explosion Modeling
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: DASG6003P0221
Award Amount: $69,996.00
 

Abstract:

We propose to perform a series of scoping calculations to determine the propellant and conditions most likely to lead to lethality enhancement under laser heating. For these conditions, we will develop a model to quantify the pressure rise inside the tankdue to chemical reactions. The model will account for key processes such as laser heating, temperature gradient across the tank wall and in the gas phase near the wall, circulation inside the ullage, thermal decomposition, combustion and venting.Comparison of the predicted tank pressure with that found experimentally to produce tank burst will establish whether lethality is enhanced. Parametric calculations over a range of conditions will establish the viability of lethality enhancement bychemical reactions. The proposed model will benefit government agencies involved in laser weapon development and lethality assessment such as MDA, the Army, Air Force and Navy and their defense contractors. It can be used in pre-test design to reducecosts and speed up technology development. It can be used by the warfighters to increase weapon effectiveness by determining optimal strategies in the selection of aimpoints (fuel versus oxidizer tank), laser intensity, heating area and dwell time.

Principal Investigator:

N. A. Moussa
President
6176610700
amoussa@blazetech.com

Business Contact:

N. A. Moussa
President
6176610700
amoussa@blazetech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

BLAZETECH CORP.
24 Thorndike St. Cambridge, MA 02141

EIN/Tax ID: 042969550
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No