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UV-Curable Energetic Polymers for Vat Polymerization of Gun Propellants

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-22-P-0042
Agency Tracking Number: A21C-T003-0112
Amount: $172,923.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A21C-T003
Solicitation Number: 21.C
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-09-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-03-14
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810-1111
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Behrens
 (978) 738-8179
Business Contact
 William Marinelli
Phone: (978) 738-8226
Research Institution
 University of Wisconsin
 AJ Boydston
21 North Park St Ste 6401
Madison, WI 53715-1218
United States

 (206) 669-4766
 Nonprofit College or University

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) propose to develop and demonstrate vat polymerization capabilities with an ultra-violet (UV) curable energetic polymer binder that will be used to produce gun propellant grains. Vat polymerization will present the opportunity for performance gains through highly engineered complex structures. Formulation trade studies demonstrate that PSI’s innovative energetic, printable binder can replace inert binders to improve thermodynamic energy in gun propellants. Phase I efforts will result in a propellant that is amenable to vat polymerization and has higher impetus and ballistic energy than currently fielded propellants. In Phase II, the down-selected energetic formulation will be further scaled-up to at least 500 mL to support vat polymerization for further performance evaluation.

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