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Real-Time Health Management Portable Sensor for Solid Rocket Motors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-16-C-7808
Agency Tracking Number: B2-2298
Amount: $1,004,758.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA14-T004
Solicitation Number: 2014.0
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-09-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-09-19
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Allan Dokhan
 (978) 689-0003
Business Contact
 B. David Green
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution
 Pennsylvania State University
 John Hanold
Office of Sponsored Programs 200 Innovation Boulevard
University Park, PA 16802-7000
United States

 (814) 865-1804
 Nonprofit College or University

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) proposes to design, develop, and demonstrate a portable, non-invasive, real-time sensor to assess the chemical and physical health of solid rocket motors as a function of age without affecting the motors integrity nor having direct contact with the propellant. In Phase II, a sensor to monitor specific gas species that are markers of the chemical and mechanical aging processes of composite and double base propellants will be demonstrated in an analog motor. The operational specification of the sensor will be quantified and validated in relevant environments. Mathematical models that correlate the spectral signatures-to-adverse changes in propellant material properties will be simultaneously refined to allow an autonomous health monitoring sensor. PSI will manufacture this sensor and transition this to MDA via Aerojet.

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