Dial-a-Yield Munitions

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,457.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8651-06-M-0198
Award Id:
79288
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-146-0916
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
12706 Magnolia Mound, Austin, TX, 78727
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
601218253
Principal Investigator:
Dennis Wilson
CEO
(512) 294-2400
dennis.wilson@nanoscale.com
Business Contact:
Denny Hamill
VP Business Development
(512) 922-1788
denny.hamill@nanoscale.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Today's asymmetric battleground has created a whole new set of problems for the warfighter. Key challenges include providing (1) scalable or selectable effect munitions, (2) munitions that have controllable lethality radius or low collateral effects, and (3) munitions that meet a strict "insensitive munitions" classification. In this Phase I SBIR project for the USAF, Energetic Materials & Products Inc of Austin, Texas, will develop a technology to address the goals of developing both selectable or tunable effect munitions, and insensitive munitions. The innovation involves the convergence of two technologies. The first is a specially engineered nanothermite material, Binary Metastable Intermolecular Composite (Binary-MIC). Special engineering keeps the fuel and oxidizer compartmentalized and insensitive until it is mixed at the target. The second technology is the use of electrical energy via either a field or spark discharge to control the time rate of release of energy, and thereby, the heat of combustion. In Phase I, EMPI will investigate the effects of explosive power output of laboratory-scale devices, and, via modeling and simulation, identify and develop scalable and economically feasible methods to exploit these effects for existing warhead geometries. Phase II would see the development of a tunable or variable effects prototype.

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