Experimental and Computational Program for Slow and Fast Cookoff for Insensitive Munitions Testing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0049
Agency Tracking Number: A082-027-0721
Amount: $119,337.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-027
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
P. O. Box 3001, Champaign, IL, 61826
DUNS: 792045713
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Brandyberry
 COO & Sr Research Scientist
 (217) 355-1725
Business Contact
 William Dick
Title: CEO & Managing Member
Phone: (217) 417-0885
Email: wdick@illinoisrocstar.com
Research Institution
We propose a joint experimental and computational program to predict the behavior of heterogeneous energetic materials, specifically the properties and dynamics of their initiation, during slow and fast cookoff for insensitive munitions testing. The experimental effort will involve gram-scale fast and slow cookoff experiments in fully instrumented test cells, allowing for spatial and temporal resolution of critical dynamic variables. The modeling effort will focus on multiscale, multiphysics simulations using validated models on high-performance parallel computer platforms. Intermediate scale modeling is crucial to bridging the enormous gap between device-scale models that are often based on empirical modeling rather than first principles, and atomistic-scale models that take into account the underlying discrete nature of matter but are often difficult to relate to engineering-scale results. Our multiscale approach to modeling and simulation will explicitly address physical features and phenomena at the macro- (device), meso- (aggregate of crystals) and micro-scales (individual crystal) in an integrated manner.

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