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Development of Novel Polynitrogen-based High–performance Solid Propellants

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-09-C-0034
Agency Tracking Number: F08A-022-0065
Amount: $99,887.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF08-T022
Solicitation Number: 2008.A
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2008-09-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2009-05-01
Small Business Information
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Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Debasis Sengupta
 (256) 726-4944
Business Contact
 Deb Phipps
Phone: (256) 726-4884
Research Institution
 Polly Knutson
Office of Sponsored Research PO Box 443020
Moscow, ID 83844 3020
United States

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 Nonprofit college or university

In this STTR program, CFDRC, in collaboration with the University of Idaho, proposes to develop some novel high-performance polynitrogen energetic materials for propellant applications. The proposed materials contain amine substituted tetrazole-based heterocyclic cations. In order to enhance the energy content and stability further, they are combined with energetic anions. These anions will have the flexibility to control oxygen balance. These energetic compounds will overcome the severe drawbacks (such as low density, extreme shock and impact sensitivity, very low oxygen balance and likely hydrolytic instability) associated with polyazide compounds. The proposed salts will be thoroughly investigated for their properties via well-established high-fidelity molecular and thermodynamic modeling prior to their synthesis. Such modeling-guided design, as opposed to conventional “experiment only” procedure, will reduce the time and cost of development, and risk of failure. The two most promising compounds, as suggested via modeling, will be synthesized and characterized for crystal structures, densities, melting points, thermal stabilities and impact sensitivities. In Phase II, these compounds will be formulated, and undergo a rigorous set of tests, such as burn rate, compatibility, mechanical strength, to evaluate their performance in practical situations. Finally the most promising compound will be scaled up for synthesis and test fired to measure thrust.

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