Thermally Reversible Adhesives for Slow Cook Mitigation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$999,960.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
HQ0147-09-C-7010
Agency Tracking Number:
B073-047-0290
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
LUNA INNOVATIONS, INC.
1 Riverside Circle, Suite 400, Roanoke, VA, 24016
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
627132913
Principal Investigator:
Aaron Small
Principal Investigator
(540) 552-5128
submissions302@lunainnovations.com
Business Contact:
Angela Keen
Senior Contracts Administ
(540) 552-5128
submissions302@lunainnovations.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Missile defense systems are now required to conform to the insensitive munitions requirements of MIL STD 2105C. Meeting such requirements in the ballistic missile defense system will require a layered approach involving modified shipping containers and canisters, improvements in solid rocket motor casings, and less sensitive solid rocket propellant. One of the most difficult IM responses to mitigate is slow cook. Not only the propellant, but the casing and canister contribute to the response either through pressure build or through formation of lethal projectiles. Luna Innovations is proposing a novel venting method in which a thermally reversible structural adhesive is used as an engineered thermally sensitive seam or seams. In this way, the launch canister will either split in half or break into 2-4 large pieces at a predetermined temperature, thereby eliminating pressure build and any lethal projectile formation. Luna will work with Northrop Grumman to incorporate this novel thermally reversible material into the KEI design for the initial application.

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