A Light Autonomous Directional Driling System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: DTRA01-01-P-0158
Agency Tracking Number: T011-0013
Amount: $99,573.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2001
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1035 Line Street, Camden, NJ, 08103
DUNS: 796460525
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Emil Shtessel
 Director of R & D
 (856) 541-1949
Business Contact
 Alex Laschiver
Title: President
Phone: (856) 541-1949
Email: exotherm@exothermcorp.com
Research Institution
Experimental quantities of metastable Al-Mg solid solutions (Mg contents 10-50%) have been recently prepared using mechanical alloying. Such solid solutions are predicted to be a new type of metallic high energy density materials in which specific phasechanges are pre-programmed to occur at a desired temperature and trigger ignition of accelerate combustion rate of the fuel. Preliminary tests have indeed shown that mechanical alloys have significantly reduced ignition temperatures and higher combustionrates as compared to the pure aluminum. The ignition temperatures and combustion rates were shown to depend on the alloy composition, crystal lattice parameter, and crystallite size. It is proposed that these new materials can be used in a new generationof explosives and incendiary devices with the explosion parameters tailored precisely to defeat specific targets. An experimental program aimed at the feasibility demonstration of this hypothesis is described. Samples of mechanical alloys of the aluminumand boron based compounds will be prepared and tested. A constant volume explosion technique is is chosen to characterize performance of the new materials. Analytical instrumentation, e.g., an electron microscope, an x-ray diffractometer, a bombcalorimeter, etc., will be used to characterize structures and compositions of mechanical alloys and their combustion products.An opportunity identifiied in this proposed research is to explore the feasibilityof the new mechanically alloyed metallic powders with varied compositions and nanocrystallite sizes as an additive to explosive formulations that would enable one to control the blast parameters in a wide range. If successful, such materials can be usedin a variety of explosive and incendiary devices and enable one to precisely adjust the produced blast parameters to defeat specific targets. In addition, admixtures of trace amounts of the easily detectable elements could be added to mechanical alloys,such elements released in a blast would produce the readily observable signatures required for the damage assessment. During Phase II, special technology will be designed to produce those materials in commercial volumes for weapon systems.

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