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Improve pyrotechnic smoke formulations that produce low flame

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Department of Defense
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2011 / STTR
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Polaris Sensor Technologies
200 Westside Square Suite 320 Huntsville, AL 35801-4875
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Improve pyrotechnic smoke formulations that produce low flame
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911SR-11-C-0084
Award Amount: $99,962.00


The objective of this research is to develop materials that may replace the current generation of visible smoke formulations used by the U.S. military. In particular the materials must produce low flame so that they do present a fire hazard, have relatively low toxicity, and are efficient. The efficiency is defined in a figure of merit that combines fill factor, yield factor, extinction coefficient and density. Additionally, other targets are neutral buoyancy and volatility that affect obscurant duration. Polaris and LSU propose a novel method based on polymeric chemistry to provide formulations that accomplish all of the objectives listed above. We have demonstrated formulations in the lab that provide high density smokes with low toxicity and low temperatures of reaction. For this proposal the Polaris / LSU team will refine the mixtures and delivery concepts to meet the guidelines established by the Army. We will build sample units, optically test samples in an aero-chamber to validate the extinction coefficients, and develop models to aid designing discharge devices.

Principal Investigator:

Peter Erbach
Senior Scientist
(256) 562-0087

Business Contact:

David B. Chenault
(256) 562-0087
Small Business Information at Submission:

Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc.
200 Westside Square Suite 320 Huntsville, AL -

EIN/Tax ID: 431998920
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Louisiana State University
Department of Chemistry
211 Choppin Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-
Contact: John Pojman
Contact Phone: (225) 578-7202