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Novel Propellant Formulations Containing Functional Polymer Nanoparticles

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4576
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10-005
Solicitation Number:
2010.1
Small Business Information
Luna Innovations Incorporated
1 Riverside Circle Suite 400 Roanoke, VA 24016-4962
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Novel Propellant Formulations Containing Functional Polymer Nanoparticles
Agency: DOD
Contract: W31P4Q-12-C-0112
Award Amount: $726,721.00
 

Abstract:

The unique properties of nano-particulates, such as high surface area have the potential to enhance the ballistic properties of propellant mixtures. Nano-particulates typically have disadvantages in processing as they have a strong propensity to agglomerate and can dramatically increase the viscosity of mixing. The chemical compatibility of the nanoparticle with the other elements of the propellant is important for dispersion however the high surface area of the nanoparticles makes using a surfactant or dispersant prohibitive. For minimum signature propellants based on nitrocellulose and other organic/hydrocarbon fuel and/or binders the solution is to use polymer nanoparticles that share similar structural characteristics with the main components. In the Phase I program, Luna Innovations prepared multifunctional polymer nanoparticles that are readily dispersed in nitrocellulose/nitramine based propellant mixtures and these blends exhibit higher relative burn rates than their unmodified counterparts. In collaboration with ATK, Luna will implement this nanomaterial technology into fully formulated rocket motors for the Army with improved ballistic properties and longer shelf lives.

Principal Investigator:

Benjamin Beck
Principal Investigator
(540) 769-8400
submissions302@lunainnovations.com

Business Contact:

Elizabeth Gaudin
Senior Contracts Adminis
(540) 557-5881
submissions302@lunainnovations.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Luna Innovations Incorporated
1 Riverside Circle Suite 400 Roanoke, VA -

EIN/Tax ID: 541560050
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No