Insensitive Munitions Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-05-C-7282
Agency Tracking Number: 05-0001T
Amount: $99,964.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: MDA05-T006
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
EXQUADRUM, INC.
12130 Rancho Road, Adelanto, CA, 92301
Duns: 126112387
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Allan Dokhan
 Sr. Propulsion Research Engineer
 (760) 246-0279
 allan.dokhan@exquadrum.com
Business Contact
 Eric Schmidt
Title: Vice President & COO
Phone: (760) 246-0279
Email: eric.schmidt@exquadrum.com
Research Institution
 THE UNIV. OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
 Joseph H Koo
 1 University Station, C2200
Austin, TX, 78712
 (512) 589-4170
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
It is proposed to qualitatively and quantitatively investigate the `Bonfire' insensitive munition (IM) characteristics of solid rocket motors. The study will focus upon developing fundamental understanding of the transient heat transfer, heat flux and the overall thermal load to and through the motor case's various multi-layered materials at elevated temperatures up to solid propellant bondline ignition. The computational thermal model will incorporate the process of lateral and longitudinal heat transfer and temporal temperature distribution through the motor case as a consequence of both slow and fast cook-off. The modeling and simulation efforts will focus on a broad spectrum of case materials ranging from metals (e.g., steel, aluminum, titanium alloy, etc.) to composites (glass, Kevlar, graphite epoxy, carbon fibers, etc.). However, preliminary analysis has shown that careful case design and selection of composite materials have a good chance of greatly mitigating major IM scenarios. Consequently, modeling efforts will primarily focus upon composite motor cases and scalability from tactical to larger high-performance motors, for technical completeness the model development will also be applied to a broad spectrum of metal case materials.

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