Low-Cost Processing of Aluminum-Based Nanothermites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-08-C-0046
Agency Tracking Number: N081-020-0970
Amount: $79,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-020
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
8420 Blackbird Ct., Rapid City, SD, 57702
DUNS: 084425490
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jacek Swiatkiewicz
 Senior Research Scientist
 (605) 484-4408
Business Contact
 Margaret Puszynski
Title: Manager
Phone: (605) 390-2564
Email: puszynski@earthlink.net
Research Institution
The proposed Phase I SBIR work is focused on development and testing of a continuous process for mixing of binary nanopowders in a micro-mixer system. The main focus will be on safe mixing of aluminum and bismuth trioxide or iron oxide nanopowders in water for their application as percussion primers or components of low energy initiators. The effectiveness of mixing in the continuous micro-mixer will be evaluated by testing the resulting mixture using impact sensitivity devices and the measurement of released energy. The effectiveness of the proposed micromixer will be also tested using non aqueous liquid system. The R&D work will be conducted using both commercially available and inexpensive aluminum nanopowders formed using proprietary IMP process. This new mixing process will be integrated with a drying device in order to effectively and safely remove water from the resulting mixture.

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