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Processing of Metal Powders for Enhanced Combustion Efficiencies

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2014 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N141-072-0106
Solicitation Year:
2014
Solicitation Topic Code:
N141-072
Solicitation Number:
2014.1
Small Business Information
MATSYS, Inc.
45490 Ruritan Circle Sterling, VA 20164-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2014
Title: Processing of Metal Powders for Enhanced Combustion Efficiencies
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-14-P-1148
Award Amount: $79,976.00
 

Abstract:

MATSYS proposes to develop a processing technology to maximize the combustion efficiency of metal powders and enhance warhead blast performance. Metal powder particles are typically prepared by inert gas atomization and have very clean surfaces. These particles are then exposed to a controlled amount of oxygen to pacify the surface and enable safe handling, packing and shipping. These metal particles are now coated with an oxide layer. In some applications, these metallic powder particles are intended to participate in an exothermic reaction and release energy upon shock or impact loading. The existence of an oxide layer requires the heating of the particle surface to higher temperature to break the oxide surface before the exothermic reaction can take place. The result is a delay in the reaction initiation and an incomplete reaction during a detonation event because of the higher temperature required for heating. Both of these factors contribute to a lower energy release than theoretical, and thus a loss of combustion efficiency. The initial feasibility will be demonstrated using instrumented-Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) to fabricate the specimens for blast chamber testing.

Principal Investigator:

Tony Zahrah
President
(703) 964-0400
zahrah@matsys.com

Business Contact:

Tony Zahrah
President
(703) 964-0400
zahrah@matsys.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MATSYS, Inc.
45490 Ruritan Circle Sterling, VA 20164-

EIN/Tax ID: 521908990
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No