Novel Binder Materials for IM-compliant Solid Rocket Motors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-09-C-0192
Agency Tracking Number: B064-004-0008
Amount: $315,809.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA06-T004
Solicitation Number: 2006.
Small Business Information
1801 Kalberer Road, Suite G100, West Lafayette, IN, 47906
DUNS: 132073946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 B.J. Austin
 President
 (765) 775-2107
 bjaustin@inspacellc.com
Business Contact
 Amy Austin
Title: Business Manager
Phone: (765) 775-2107
Email: aaustin@inspacellc.com
Research Institution
 Purdue University
 Rob Dimmitt
 Sponsored Program Services
302 Wood Street
West Lafayette, IN, 47907 2108
 (765) 496-9647
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The need for munitions insensitive to unplanned stimuli possible in the logistical and operational life cycle of a munition is paramount for safeguarding life and property. To help meet this need, IN Space and Purdue University have developed a new class of composite solid rocket propellant based on an energetic, low toxicity, high strength binder. The Phase I effort demonstrated the feasibility of using the polymer in a moderate solids loading propellant, the propellant’s naturally high burn rate, and the propellants propensity to only produce a burning reaction in a simulated slow cook-off environment. IN Space and Purdue University propose to continue the development of this promising solid propellant to improve the safety and performance of a multitude of U.S. military and civilian solid motor systems. The proposed Phase II research and development program will further mature the binder technology by improving the propellant formulation and evaluating the results in combustion performance tests and mechanical property determination.

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