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Method of Micro-Encapsulation of Nanometric Reactive Particle Mixtures with…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
62429
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-1426
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
MicroFab Technologies Inc
1104 Summit Avenue Suite 110 Plano, TX -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Method of Micro-Encapsulation of Nanometric Reactive Particle Mixtures with Explosive Cores
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8651-04-C-0142
Award Amount: $749,537.00
 

Abstract:

Using ink-jet printing technology, MicroFab Technologies can create uni-modal, multi-micron size mi-crospheres containing reactive nano-particles. This ability will enable the uniform incorporation of nano-powders in explosive casting mixes. Phase I demonstrated the feasibility of producing uniform micro-spheres loaded with nano-powders. Phase II will capitalize on this success by creating a system for large volume production of microspheres containing energetic materials and nano-particles. To accomplish this, we will design and fabricate large-scale array printheads integrated with system control, maintenance, and sphere recovery subsystems. We will generate a modular system design in order to scale to any produc-tion rate required. Fluid development will focus on optimization for specific microsphere characteristics. Completion of Phase II objectives will yield a modular automated system and processes ready for Phase III commercialization. The system will capable of creating large volumes of explosive microspheres ready for testing. This technology and methods are anticipated to find employment among military contractors and energetic materials manufacturers.

Principal Investigator:

David B. Wallace
9725788076
david.wallace@microfab.com

Business Contact:

Donald J. Hayes
9725788076
don.hayes@microfab.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MICROFAB TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
1104 Summit Avenue, Suite 110 Plano, TX 75074

EIN/Tax ID: 751968264
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No