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Dynamic Behavior of Nano-sized Particles in Novel Energetic Materials for Space…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
90126
Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F08A-010-0107
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
IllinoisRocstar LLC
60 Hazelwood Drive P. O. Box 3001 Champaign, IL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Dynamic Behavior of Nano-sized Particles in Novel Energetic Materials for Space Propulsion
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-09-C-0012
Award Amount: $99,135.00
 

Abstract:

We propose a comprehensive computational and experimental program to investigate the charac-teristics and dynamic behavior of nano-size aluminum in novel energetic materials. Two classes of advanced propellants will be considered. The first will be composite propellants, consisting of solids including AP, HMX, RDX, or nano-aluminum with a suitable binder such as HTPB. The second will be a nanoscale aluminum and ice propellant. For the computational portion of the proposed work, we plan to (i) use our in-house packing code to generate morphologies of interest for heterogeneous propellants; (ii) modify our CFD code to include appropriate models for chemistry, radiation, and nano-sized aluminum; and (iii) simulate transient behavior of the pro-pellants at rocket motor conditions. For the experimental portion, we plan to (i) use the mixing facility at Purdue to prepare appropriate propellant samples containing nano-sized aluminum, thus allowing for a full characterization of the propellant (composition; particle size distribution) necessary for a coordinated modeling and experimental program; and (ii) carry out both steady and unsteady experiments to fully characterize the propellants. The experiments will also be used for model calibration and for validation.

Principal Investigator:

William A. Dick
CEO & Managing Member
2174170885
wdick@illinoisrocstar.com

Business Contact:

Michael R. Ludwig
Associate Director
7654941055
mrludwig@purdue.edu
Small Business Information at Submission:

ILLINOISROCSTAR LLC
P. O. Box 3001 Champaign, IL 61826

EIN/Tax ID: 208533123
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
PURDUE UNIV.
Sponsored Program Services
302 Wood Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907 2108
Contact: Mike Ludwig
Contact Phone: (765) 494-1055
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university