Shelf Life Prediction of Rocket Motors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,999.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-05-C-R082
Agency Tracking Number:
A043-165-1929
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
COGNITECH CORP.
1060 East 100 South, Suite 306, Salt Lake City, UT, 84102
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
956802581
Principal Investigator:
Wendelll Duncan
Principal Scientifist
(801) 322-0101
Wendell.Duncan@cognitech-ut.com
Business Contact:
Jerome Soller
President
(801) 322-0101
soller@cognitech-ut.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Stockpiles of weapons with composite rocket motors have been expensive to acquire. In the fortunate occurrence that these weapons are not used, they are too expensive to discard based upon simple expiration dates. However, use of these weapons can be dangerous if their integrity is compromised due to aging and deterioration. CogniTech proposes to build a software suite containing a graphical interface capable of evaluating and modeling the aging and deterioration of composite solid propellant rocket motors. This software will process sensor data from Remote Readiness Asset Prognostic/Diagnostic Systems (RRAPDS). Abilities will include importing, exporting, viewing, editing, analyzing and modeling environment data collected over decades for both individual motors and stockpiles. Simple one-dimensional models will initially evaluate stockpiles of weapons and identify individual motors that should receive a more detailed evaluation. Integrated with the graphical interface will also be a deterministic modeling capability that can do detailed modeling on individual rocket motors. The detailed deterministic modeling will leverage ATK Thiokol's FEM Builder/FEM Python software interfaced with ABAQUS to provide structural finite element analysis. The proposed software will assist Project Managers in managing their resources to obtain the longest service life of valuable weapons systems.

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