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Solid Rocket Motor Propellant Characterization and Material Reconstruction…

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Department of Defense
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2010 / SBIR
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706 ASHTON LN N CHAMPAIGN, IL 61820-7303
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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


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

Business Contact:

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

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

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