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Solid Propellant Shock to Detonation Modeling and Formulation

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
90106
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F08A-003-0019
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF 08T003
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
BUCKMASTER RESEARCH
2014 Boudreau Drive Urbana, IL 61801 5802
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Solid Propellant Shock to Detonation Modeling and Formulation
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-10-C-0008
Award Amount: $750,000.00
 

Abstract:

Determining the hazard classification of new propellant formulations is important for transportation safety and storage concerns. To avoid costly grain redesign and additional testing, a model that adequately predicts the shock sensitivity, including the outcome of the Naval Ordnance Laboratory Large Scale Gap Test, of modern solid propellants is required. The goals of this proposal are to develop and validate computational tools that predict the shock sensitivity of solid propellant formulations. In particular, we plan to (i) use our packing code, Rocpack, to generate morphologies of interest for shock sensitivity assessments, (ii) modify our CFD code to include appropriate chemistry models, (iii) modify our CFD code to propagate shocks of various strengths through the pack to predict the onset of detonation. In Phase I, we made key steps toward these objectives. We also plan to carry out an experimental program to validate the numerical solvers. BENEFIT: Determining the hazard classification of new propellant and explosive formulations is important for transportation, safety, and storage concerns. To avoid costly grain redesign and additional testing, a model that adequately predicts the shock sensitivity, including the outcome of the Naval Ordnance Laboratory Large Scale Gap Test, of modern solid propellants is required. This information will be of great value to solid rocket manufacturers, to large gun manufacturers, and their customers in the U.S. Department of Defense

Principal Investigator:

John Buckmaster
Principal Investigator
2176219786
limey@uiuc.edu

Business Contact:

John Buckmaster
Proprietor
2176219786
limey@uiuc.edu
Small Business Information at Submission:

Buckmaster Research
2014 Boudreau Drive Urbana, IL 61801

EIN/Tax ID: 104365590
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Illinois
4324 Siebel Center
201 N. Goodwin Ave
Urbana, IL 61801
Contact: William Dick
Contact Phone: 2172447235