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Fine Powder Cathode and Separator Binder Characterization for Thermal Batteries

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-17-C-7604
Agency Tracking Number: B16C-001-0026
Amount: $124,930.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA16-T001
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-03-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-09-14
Small Business Information
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Huntsville, AL 35806
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Principal Investigator
 Joe Edington
 Principal Engineer
 (256) 726-4800
Business Contact
 Deboraph Phipps
Phone: (256) 726-4884
Research Institution
 Missouri University of Science and
 Paula DeLong
300 W. 12th Street 202 Centennial Hall
Rolla, MO 65409
United States

 (573) 341-4134
 Nonprofit College or University

Fine powder thermal battery cathode materials can exhibit challenging flow properties which makes processing with automated presses difficult.Granulating these powders substantially improves flow properties and reduces the tendency for powder segregation during handling and pressing operations.The properties of Magnesium Oxide (MgO) that lead to good performance in thermal battery separators are not well understood.This leads to protracted efforts to identify replacement materials when obsolescence issues arise.The purpose of this proposal is to demonstrate a technique for granulating fine particle size cathode materials to produce a homogeneous mixture, improve flow and fill characteristics, develop quality assurance tests for powder homogeneity, and to develop a correlation between MgO characteristics and separator performance to aid in material selection.Approved for Public Release | 17-MDA-9219 (31 May 17)

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