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Synthesis of Cyclodextrin Polymer, a Raw Material for Insensitive, High Energy…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
36309
Program Year/Program:
1997 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
36309
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
MACH I Inc.
340 East Church Road King of Prussia, PA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1997
Title: Synthesis of Cyclodextrin Polymer, a Raw Material for Insensitive, High Energy & Shock Survivable Explos
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $99,900.00
 

Abstract:

This project will produce a commercial process for manufacturing a new class of cyclodextrin polymers. After nitration these polymers have the explosives potential to produce high performance with minimal adverse environmental impact. The polymers can form inclusion complexes with various oxidizers and energetics, thus reducing their sensitivity to detonation due to shock, fire or fragment impact. Cyclodextrin is a commercially available but relatively new chemical produced by the enzymatic digestion of starch. When polymerized into a nanotube, it offers a unique dual use technology opportunity. It can be nitrated to form a safer and more processable energetic than nitrocellulose for use in advanced propulsion and power systems. In commercial applications the nanotube polymers may be used to encapsulate a variety of materials for use in food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and chemical processing industries. The anticipated advantages in munitions applications include:-1.3 Explosive classification vs. 1.1 for nitrocellulose-Higher energy, less sensitive explosives-Lower life cycle cost-Shock survivable explosives-Ease of demilitarization-Processable by casting or twin screw extrusion-Desensitizing inclusion complex formation with energetic plasticizers-May eliminate need for inert binders-Fewer ingredients required-Low feedstock cost

Principal Investigator:

Gary Statton
6102792340

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Mach I, Inc.
340 E. Church Road King Of Prussia, PA 19406

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