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Weapon Payloads for Bulk Chemical and Biological Agent Neutralization

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: HDTRA1-10-P-0018
Agency Tracking Number: T092-012-0048
Amount: $99,947.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DTRA092-012
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-02-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-09-21
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 5148
Huntsville, AL 35814
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Atris Ray III
 Principle Engineer
 (770) 342-8792
Business Contact
 Glenn Rolader
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (770) 344-9057
Research Institution

Current offensive solutions to neutralize chem/bio agent facilities rely on blast and/or short-burst high-temperature neutralization but have the potential to produce severe collateral damage via agent release. Our team proposes the Dispersed Energetics Coupled for Optimized Neutralization (DECON) Concept, an alternative concept to perform bulk neutralization of agents. The DECON concept can be summarized as the generation and dispersal of a mass of controlled burning, but not flaming, material dispersed throughout the target. While conventional weapons dump energy into the entire target very quickly, our concept would distribute energy generating material throughout the target that would adhere to agent storage containers. By coupling directly to containers, the energy transferred to the container is maximized. As the materials will burn at temperatures below container melting points and over the order of minutes, long term heating and neutralization of the bulk agent may be realized. The Phase 1 effort will demonstrate the feasibility of key aspects DECON Concept. Our team will perform modeling and experimentation on energy transfer into agent stimulants, characterize long term neutralization properties of agents and stimulants, and execute the necessary experiments and trade studies to select promising candidate materials for transition to a Phase 2 effort.

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