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Advanced High Energy Density Propellants

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
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Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
Army 09-029
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Small Business Information
NextGen Aeronautics
2780 Skypark Drive Suite 400 Torrance, CA 90505-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Advanced High Energy Density Propellants
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W15QKN-10-C-0020
Award Amount: $119,818.00


NextGen Aeronautics, Inc., in collaboration with Prof. Steven Sonf?Ts group at Purdue University and Dr. Darren Naud, is proposing to design nanoparticle enhanced high energy density propellants using theoretical and simulation methods, and verify the design by small-scale laboratory production and testing. We will use molecular dynamics and implement novel dissipative particle dynamics methods to model and predict phase separation and nanoparticle dispersion in propellant binders. Our predictions will be verified and validated by SEM and TEM experiments at Purdue. The outcome of the proposed study will be a recommendation for nanoparticle enhanced high energy density propellant compositions that will reduce phase separation and nanoparticle agglomeration and maximize performance. Simulant propellant samples manufactured at Purdue will be made available to Picatinny Arsenal researchers for characterization with their small angle x-ray (SAX) and ultra-small-angle X-ray scattering (USAXS) systems.

Principal Investigator:

Naida Lacevic
Manager, Contracts

Business Contact:

Zoltan Feher
Principal Investigator
Small Business Information at Submission:

NextGen Aeronautics
2780 Skypark Drive Suite 400 Torrance, CA 90505

EIN/Tax ID: 030404178
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No