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ALUMINIZED TORPEDO PROPELLANTS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
40536
Program Year/Program:
1998 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
40536
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ARGONIDE CORP.
291 Power Court Sanford, FL 32771 0954
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1998
Title: ALUMINIZED TORPEDO PROPELLANTS
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $69,863.00
 

Abstract:

Alex (nanosize aluminum) powder is being considered by several U. S. Navy groups as a propellant additive because it markedly increases combustion rate. Extrapolating equations for single particle combustion of aluminum shows the particle life of a 100 nanometer particle to be about 40 nanoseconds. Its small particle produces oxide that would minimize being accumulated on engine parts. Alex's rapid reaction with water also suggests its use for aluminum-sea water propulsion schemes. Alex's combustion would be enhanced by its metastable structure that provides energy in the form of a heat burst that occurs at about 400 C, causing a transformation in crystal morphology. Hydroxylamine nitrate (HAN) is a monopropellant that has been considered by the Navy as an Otto Fuel II replacement. We propose a cooperative study to support NUWC-Newport by providing samples of improved Alex compatible with stabilized HAN. We would coat Alex particles with organics that would provide increased energy over oxide passivated nano-aluminum, while shielding the aluminum from premature reaction with oxidizers such as HAN during storage. Using coated particles we would determine the feasibility of producing stable HAN-based gels. We would also develop aluminized jet fuels for potential bi-propellant systems.

Principal Investigator:

Frederick Tepper
4073222500

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Small Business Information at Submission:

THE ARGONIDE CORP.
240 Power Court, Suite 108 Sanford, FL 32771

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