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Selective Emission of Light Utilizing Functionally-Graded Energetic Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-19-C-0162
Agency Tracking Number: N172-115-0446
Amount: $753,402.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N172-115
Solicitation Number: 2017.2
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-02-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-02-25
Small Business Information
3005 30th Street, Boulder, CO, 80301
DUNS: 784971116
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Cameron Brown
 (303) 747-6886
Business Contact
 Heather Bulk
Phone: (303) 625-1010
Research Institution
Flares are commonly used in the defense industry as light utilizing functionally-graded energetic materials for airborne expendable countermeasure applications. However, current flare production processes are rudimentary because they limit design flexibility and incur significant start up and maintenance costs due to low annual production volume. Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a superior alternative to traditional flare casting methods because it is production-volume independent and allows control over mesoscale geometry with multiple energetic materials. During the phase I program, SAS demonstrated proof-of-concept flare AM with a printable strontium nitrate-based formulation. During the phase II program, flare pellet composition will be chosen by Navy and verified by SAS for 3D printer system compatibility via sensitivity testing, rheology analysis, and print settings development. Various printed sub-scale flare pellets will be hot-fire tested and MWIR data will be recorded to inform Navy of the IR output characteristics of the new formulations. Rocky Mountain Scientific Laboratory (RMSL) will be subcontracted for laboratory use, sensitivity testing, hot-fire testing, and Interim Hazard Classification (IHC) certification testing to allow transport of the printed pellets to Crane, IN for testing.

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