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Development of Energetic Polymer Systems for Additive Manufacturing Energetic Formulations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-22-P-0061
Agency Tracking Number: A21C-T004-0335
Amount: $172,923.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A21C-T004
Solicitation Number: 21.C
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-09-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-03-20
Small Business Information
85 Westbrook Road
Centerbrook, CT 06409-1111
United States
DUNS: 805389413
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Burk
 (860) 581-8477
Business Contact
 Shilpa Amato
Phone: (571) 594-2558
Research Institution
 South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
 Lori Groven
501 E. St Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701-3995
United States

 (605) 394-5117
 Nonprofit College or University

The US Army is investing in the development of energetic materials for use in additive manufacturing (AM) for explosive and propellant applications in an ongoing effort to achieve extended range and lethality overmatch.  Currently, all commercially available monomers, polymers or resin systems for AM are non-energetic.  To use these in 3D printing applications for propellants and/or explosives, one must add energetic materials, typically solids.  Adding energetic solids to a resin typically increases viscosity, causes settling, impedes curing mechanisms, as well as other issues that must be addressed. Nalas Engineering is partnering with Dr. Lori Groven at South Dakota School of Mines to develop novel energetic monomers for use in additive manufacturing.  The focus of Nalas’ effort in the collaboration will be to synthesize novel energetic monomers which offer the ability to dramatically reduce the amount of energetic solid ingredients that might be needed to build a printed part with desired performance.  Dr. Groven’s team will incorporate the novel monomers into liquid resins, followed by 3D printing test pieces for evaluations of the performance and mechanical properties. The ultimate goal of the project is to develop scalable, affordable energetic monomers to enable high performance additive manufacturing of explosives and propellants.

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