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RMS-eVAL: Incorporating Reactive Materials Structures (RMS) for Self-Ignition and other Advanced Warhead Effects

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: HR0011-20-C-0047
Agency Tracking Number: D2-2291
Amount: $499,197.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-059
Solicitation Number: 10.2
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-10-31
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-01-31
Small Business Information
610 Lofstrand Lane Suite C
Rockville, MD 20850
United States
DUNS: 153640735
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Daniel N Bentz
 Senior Scientist
 (301) 680-8600
Business Contact
 Eric N. Enig
Phone: (301) 680-8600
Research Institution

Enig Associates, Inc. (“ENIG”) is developing, as part of the DARPA SBIR Phase II effort “Dynamic Multi-Scale Characterization Methods for Reactive Material Structures (RMS) for Advanced Warhead Effects (“RMS-eVAL”),” a software toolkit to accurately assess the design space of munitions containing RMS components by comparing their penetration, detonation and combustion effects to conventional weapon systems. Our ALE3D-based toolkit is setup to evaluate the chemical evolution of reacting RMS from ignition to combustion. Our multi-scale hydrocode-modeling approach includes sets of material models that incorporate both mechanical and longer time-scale chemical effects on targets, which is used to evaluate intermetallic interactions. Our toolkit focuses on the identification of dominant chemical reactions and evaluates how the chemical kinetics is affected by strain rates and microstructure morphology changes. The Phase II effort focuses on the three main objectives, (i) the validation of physics based models detailing the ignition of RMS, (ii) the evaluation of the design space opened up with the use of RMS in current and next generation systems, and (iii) the development of fast-running computational tools to enable the weapon system architects to leverage this design space. Validation of these tools will be conducted with the assistance of ARL-WMRD.

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