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Gaseous, Liquid, and Gelled Propellant Hypergolic Reaction Mechanisms

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
78018
Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
A064-001-0235
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITE
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive Madison, WI 53717-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Gaseous, Liquid, and Gelled Propellant Hypergolic Reaction Mechanisms
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911NF-06-C-0126
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

ORBITEC proposes a parallel computational and experimental effort to understand the phenomena underlying hypergolic ignition of gelled propellants. Gelled hypergolic propellants offer many benefits to modern propulsion systems. They offer good insensitive munitions characteristics and versatile performance. However, gelled propellants typically exhibit longer ignition delays than liquid propellants. In order to realize their advantages without risking potential catastrophic failures associated with long delays, these ignition issues must be understood and overcome. The proposed program will break the complex ignition delay behavior into fundamental problems and devise laboratory and modeling experiments to address each. In each case, the experiments will assay the effect of the gellant on the particular phenomenon. The Phase I work will accomplish the majority of the modeling and will include exploratory laboratory experiments to select diagnostics appropriate for investigating each selected process. The Phase II program will conduct these experiments and measure ignition delays in a multiple impinging stream vortex injection (MISVI) thrust chamber. Via a suite of analytical techniques, the proposed work will elucidate each of the fundamental phenomena along the path to ignition, yielding an understanding of each process, the competition among them, the effect of the gellants, and the resulting regimes of ignition.

Principal Investigator:

Millicent Coil
6088275000
coilm@orbitec.com

Business Contact:

Eric E. Rice
President/CEO
6088275000
ricee@orbitec.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ORBITAL TECHNOLOGIES CORP.(ORBITEC)
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive Madison, WI 53717

EIN/Tax ID: 391628664
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV.
Department of Mechanical Eng.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Contact: Lester K. Su
Contact Phone: (410) 516-8637
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university