Dial-a-Yield Munitions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-07-C-0153
Agency Tracking Number: F061-146-0916
Amount: $2,653,390.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-146
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
1908 Kramer Lane, Austin, TX, 78758
DUNS: 601218253
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (512) 491-9500
Business Contact
 Denny Hamill
Title: EVP Business Devt
Phone: (512) 491-9500
Email: denny.hamill@novacentrix.com
Research Institution
The Phase I investigation demonstrated the ability to dial the total energy output from a new class on nanoenergetic compositions by altering the shock strength of the initiating charge. The Phase I study laid the groundwork for developing a practical dial- a-yield (DAY) warhead that can deliver a variable total energy output using multiple initiating charges. The technology advance relies upon a unique class of nanoenergetic compositions developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory and further advanced during the Phase I program. These compositions have a high intrinsic energy density, e.g. 28 MJ/cc and release their energy by a very fast (> 2km/s) combustion wave. During the course of the Phase I program, we demonstrated that this class of nanoenergetic compositions outperformed conventional organic explosives in sustained pressure and impulse, i.e. enhanced blast effects. Furthermore, the Phase II program addresses the dual objectives of developing a DAY technology while assuring that the final product will meet the DoD requirements for insensitive munitions. The objective will be demonstrated with small-scale (10 to 30 g) explosive devices in year-one and will culminate with large-scale (1 to 2 kg), arena-tests in year-two. This prototype warhead will be developed in concert with personnel at AFRL/MN.

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