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Optimal Fuel Gel Formulations

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
81385
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-027-0380
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 -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Optimal Fuel Gel Formulations
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W31P4Q-08-C-0063
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

Propellant gels offer a promising way to simultaneously increase safety of operations and enhance performance. Gel viscoelastic properties minimize leaking and slosh during storage yet allow flow on demand. Use of energetic gellants can increase density specific impulse performance. Clever formulation of propellant gels based on sol-gel science can optimize gel properties. The proposed work will design and characterize fuel gel formulations for the Army's bipropellant rocket engines. The fuel gels will consist of an azide fuel and a polymer-nanoparticulate gellant. Rheological and thermal characterization of the samples will guide the design process. The results will demonstrate the ability to apply theory to 'dial in' the viscoelastic properties that will provide the safety and IM benefits and improved performance.

Principal Investigator:

Millicent Coil
Senior Propulsion Engineer
6088275000
coilm@orbitec.com

Business Contact:

Eric Rice
President and CEO
6088275000
knaufs@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