Model for Reserve Battery Gas Generators

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,981.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0006-09-C-7130
Agency Tracking Number:
B083-022-0076
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA08-022
Solicitation Number:
2008.3
Small Business Information
Erigo Technologies LLC
P.O. Box 899, 64 Main St., Enfield, NH, 03748
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
196519511
Principal Investigator:
Marc Kenton
Vice President, Engineering
(603) 632-4156
marc.kenton@erigo.com
Business Contact:
William Baschnagel
Vice President, Operations
(603) 632-4156
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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