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Natural and Synthetic Alternatives to Carnauba Wax

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
78974
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-151-0569
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Natural and Synthetic Alternatives to Carnauba Wax
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8651-06-M-0205
Award Amount: $99,981.00
 

Abstract:

Carnauba wax is a natural product that is used in a variety of applications ranging from food additives to surface protection to explosive matrix. The material comes in several grades and is supplied by a number of companies. Its high melting point and hardness make it useful in many melt-castable explosive compositions. Examples include Composition B, which is an RDX/TNT blend, and the many experimental compositions designed to address the shortcomings of TNT-based melt-castable compositions. While its performance is undoubtedly exceptional, the lack of domestic sources makes it logistically undesirable. In this Phase I SBIR program, Infoscitex Corporation proposes to identify and develop natural and synthetic alternatives to carnauba wax through use of computational methods and experimental evaluation. At least one natural and one synthetic alternative will be recommended for further investigation to the USAF.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Cushman
Manager, Advanced Matls and Biotech
7818901338
mcushman@infoscitex.com

Business Contact:

William F. Thompson
Contracts Manager
7818901338
bthompson@infoscitex.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

INFOSCITEX CORP.
303 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA 02451

EIN/Tax ID: 043537120
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No