Model for Reserve Battery Gas Generators

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-09-C-7130
Agency Tracking Number: B083-022-0076
Amount: $99,981.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA08-022
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 899, 64 Main St., Enfield, NH, 03748
DUNS: 196519511
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marc Kenton
 Vice President, Engineering
 (603) 632-4156
 marc.kenton@erigo.com
Business Contact
 William Baschnagel
Title: Vice President, Operations
Phone: (603) 632-4156
Email: bill.baschnagel@erigo.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Reserve lithium oxyhalide and silver/zinc batteries are power sources of choice for many missiles and other weapons systems. These batteries achieve long shelf life by storing the liquid electrolyte separately in a reservoir. Upon activation, the electrolyte is injected quickly into the battery cells, most often using a pyrotechnic gas generator. The overall design of the activation system is arguably the most challenging aspect of developing a new battery of this type, and this is more difficult and time-consuming because no analytical tools exist to simulate the activation process. The trial-and-error procedure currently used to develop these batteries also increases the time and expense necessary to qualify a new design. To address this need, Erigo proposes to develop a comprehensive, easy-to-use computer model to simulate pyrotechnic gas generators and to interface this model to a representation of the battery itself. The proposed development plan directly leverages technology developed at Erigo to comprehensively model thermal batteries as well as an on-going effort by our collaborators to simulate fluid flow during the activation process.

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