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Prediction of the Full-Scale Cook-off Response Based on Small-Scale Testing

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N10A-011-0627
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N10A-T011
Solicitation Number:
2010.A
Small Business Information
BlazeTech Corp.
29B Montvale Ave. Woburn, MA 01801-7021
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Prediction of the Full-Scale Cook-off Response Based on Small-Scale Testing
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-12-C-0006
Award Amount: $749,984.00
 

Abstract:

Currently, assessment of ordnance items for IM and Hazards Classification (HC) characterization requires full-scale testing which presents a considerable financial, logistical, and environmental burden. Some of these munitions (such as the large rocket motors) cost in excess of a million dollars and their hazard testing is likely to cost several million dollars. Therefore, testing on a smaller scale is preferable, though no reliable sub or small-scale cook-off tests have been identified yet because of the complexity of ordnance response to external stimuli. Using a combination of unique property measurements, tests and simplified engineering models, we propose to develop a methodology to predict the response of full scale munitions to cookoff. For example, we will adapt standard test methods to simulate cookoff conditions and measure the porosity, permeability, density and surface area that describe the thermal degradation state as functions of temperature, pressure and confinement. The expected outcomes of this project are novel test setups and methods, an engineering model for cookoff and a methodology to predict the response of full scale munition systems to heat.

Principal Investigator:

N. Moussa
President
(781) 759-0700
amoussa@blazetech.com

Business Contact:

Venkat Devarakonda
Vice President
(781) 759-0700
venkat@blazetech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

BlazeTech Corp.
29B Montvale Ave. Woburn, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 042969550
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Sandia National Laboratories
P.O. Box 5800- MS 1454
Albuquerque, NM 87185-
Contact: Gilbert Herrera
Contact Phone: (505) 284-6701