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Full-spectrum Integrated Reaction Evaluation and Synthesis (FIRES)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-05-C-7281
Agency Tracking Number: 05-0004T
Amount: $99,967.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA05-T017
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2005-09-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-03-27
Small Business Information
4 Fourth Avenue
Burlington, MA 01803
United States
DUNS: 047627732
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Braunstein
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 273-4770
Business Contact
 Fritz Bien
Title: President
Phone: (781) 273-4770
Research Institution
 Timothy Minton
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochem., Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717
United States

 (406) 994-5394
 Nonprofit college or university

Highly energetic chemical processes play a central role in many military and commercial applications. For example, spectral emissions from missile plumes, arising from high-velocity chemical interactions of exhaust gases with the atmosphere, are used to detect, track, and identify threat targets. Detailed, quantitative knowledge of the energy-dependent chemical reaction cross sections and rates is a critical requirement for modeling and exploiting these applications. No single source of laboratory, field experiment, or computational chemistry modeling data can fully and accurately characterize a chemical reaction over the very wide energy spectrum of concern. To address this challenging problem, we propose to develop a novel integrated approach to chemical reaction characterization. The approach, dubbed FIRES (Full-spectrum Integrated Reaction Evaluation and Synthesis), employs first principles computational chemistry methods as a means of interpolating and extrapolating the typically sparse tie points provided by laboratory and field experiments. The approach will combine thermal rate constant data, flight data, hyperthermal beam data, and results of computational chemistry modeling to create complete and consistent reaction mechanism data across a range of energies and in a form that will be especially relevant for plume signature simulation and other missile defense applications.

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