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Model for Reserve Battery Gas Generators

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Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Erigo Technologies, LLC
P.O. Box 899 64 Main St. Enfield, NH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Model for Reserve Battery Gas Generators
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: HQ0006-09-C-7130
Award Amount: $99,981.00


Reserve lithium oxyhalide and silver/zinc batteries are power sources of choice for many missiles and other weapons systems. These batteries achieve long shelf life by storing the liquid electrolyte separately in a reservoir. Upon activation, the electrolyte is injected quickly into the battery cells, most often using a pyrotechnic gas generator. The overall design of the activation system is arguably the most challenging aspect of developing a new battery of this type, and this is more difficult and time-consuming because no analytical tools exist to simulate the activation process. The trial-and-error procedure currently used to develop these batteries also increases the time and expense necessary to qualify a new design. To address this need, Erigo proposes to develop a comprehensive, easy-to-use computer model to simulate pyrotechnic gas generators and to interface this model to a representation of the battery itself. The proposed development plan directly leverages technology developed at Erigo to comprehensively model thermal batteries as well as an on-going effort by our collaborators to simulate fluid flow during the activation process.

Principal Investigator:

Marc A. Kenton
Vice President, Engineering

Business Contact:

William R. Baschnagel
Vice President, Operations
Small Business Information at Submission:

P.O. Box 899 64 Main St. Enfield, NH 03748

EIN/Tax ID: 203069593
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No