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Solid Rocket Motor Propellant Characterization and Material Reconstruction…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
86170
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O2-0867
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD08-PR2
Solicitation Number:
2008.1
Small Business Information
IllinoisRocstar LLC
60 Hazelwood Drive P. O. Box 3001 Champaign, IL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Solid Rocket Motor Propellant Characterization and Material Reconstruction Using High Resolution Tomography
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA9300-10-C-3003
Award Amount: $740,710.00
 

Abstract:

We propose to enhance and commercialize software tools for imaging and three-dimensional reconstruction of as-produced propellant grains from micro-tomographic volume-imaging techniques; computational tools that model the morphology of the propellant grain, including first-, second-, and third-order statistics; and computational tools that determine local material properties, including elastic modulus, thermal conductivity, and coefficients of thermal expansion. Tentatively named TOMOPROP (Tomography-based Prediction of Material Properties), these tools will be validated by comparison with experimental data. The new product includes implementation of generically shaped particle models and process/product implementation for aluminized and non-aluminized propellants. The SBIR Phase I program brought together IllinoisRocstar LLC and the University of Illinois to explore the feasibility of the tomography to morphology to material property methodology. The Phase I assessment was highly successful and produced results that clearly demonstrate feasibility of the approach. The results strongly suggest a process and product that can be commercialized for DoD, NASA, the U.S. solid rocket companies, as well as other non-military commercial organizations. Phase II will advance the engineering and underlying applied science, and should accelerate the technology to commercial readiness.

Principal Investigator:

Mark D. Brandyberry
Chief Operating Officer
(217) 766-2567
mdbrandy@illinoisrocstar.com

Business Contact:

William A. Dick
CEO&Managing Member
(217) 417-0885
wdick@illinoisrocstar.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

IllinoisRocstar LLC
P. O. Box 3001 Champaign, IL -

EIN/Tax ID: 208533123
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No