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Shelf Life Prediction of Rocket Motors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-05-C-R082
Agency Tracking Number: A043-165-1929
Amount: $119,966.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-165
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-12-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2005-01-21
Small Business Information
1060 East 100 South, Suite 306
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
United States
DUNS: 956802581
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Wendelll Duncan
 Principal Scientifist
 (801) 322-0101
Business Contact
 Jerome Soller
Title: President
Phone: (801) 322-0101
Research Institution

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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