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IR/RF Expendable

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 20827
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1991
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
205 Schoolhouse Road
Souderton, PA 18964
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael A Riely
 (215) 723-8588
Business Contact
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Research Institution

GSI proposes the development of an IR/RF expendable utilizing chemical energy to produce both signals. Current studies have shown that GSI'S patented intermetallic fuels are capable of producing extremely high in-band intensities for most military bandwidths, even under high flow conditions. In addition, chemical seeding of the fuel produces high electron cross-section plumes across a variety of radar wavelengths. Critical issues identified for study in this proposal include plume length tailoring and its effect on RCS gerierated, mass flow of the fuel necessary to provide required IR and RF signatures. These areas will be explored utilizing the facilities available at GSI. Due to the space savings created by the use of the Hi-Therm fuels, a back-up design is planned combining conventional RF chaff in a module attached to an un-seeded Hi-Therm IR fuel. Potential benefits from a successful effort include a lightweight, low cost expendable capable of multispectral simulation. Use of the GSI fuels holds potential for safer manufacturing processes since all materials involved are rated as flam- mable solids. Potential military spinoff uses include ground based decoys for armored vehicle protection, as well as fixed site aircraft (airfield) protection.

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