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Advanced Technology for Demilitarization of Plastic Bonded

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 40229
Amount: $81,675.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1998
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
2500 Shadywood Road
Navarre, MN 55331
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Duane A. Goetsch
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Business Contact
 William Taylor
Phone: () -
Research Institution
 University of Minnesota
 Todd Morrison 
207 Pleasant Street, NE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

 Nonprofit college or university

Gradient Technology in conjunction with Professor M. Hillmyer of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota proposed to develop advanced technology to recover and convert the explosive and urethane binder found in plastic bonded explosives. This technology provides a unique reclamation, recovery, and reuse opportunity for dramatically reducing the disposal cost of technology munitions in an environmentally friendly manner. The technology utilizes a waterjet to remove the plastic bonded explosive from the munition and a proprietary conversion method to decompose of polyurethane coated plastic bonded explosives. Our decomposition method allows the full recovery of explosive and non-explosive components of plastic bonded explosives without generating solid waste streams that must be landfilled or gaseous effluents that must be processed in order to meet environmental pollution emission restraints. This technology only generates products that can be sold in the chemical market to reduce the disposal cost per unit of ordnance recovered.

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