Low-Cost Processing of Aluminum-Based Nanothermites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-09-C-0143
Agency Tracking Number: N081-020-0970
Amount: $1,128,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
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 Scientist
 (605) 390-2564
Business Contact
 Jan Puszynski
Title: Executive Manager
Phone: (605) 390-2564
Email: puszynski@imp-co.com
Research Institution
Innovative Materials and Processes, LLC proposes to develop and demonstrate a high throughput mixing/metering.drying system to enable i) scale-up water-based production of Al-Bi2O3 superhtermite and ii) assembly of medium caliber electric primers using this superthermite material. The R&D project includes specific tasks: 1) optimization of electrical and mechanical properties of Al-Bi2O3 nanothermite mixture to meet required specification of electric primers, 2) optimization of mixing, metering, and drying parameters for wet-loaded electric primers, and 3)testing of assembled medium caliber electric primers. Successful implementation of novel high throughput mixing/metering/drying system will enable large scale production of various types of primers. It is anticipated to explore the use of inexpensive aluminum nanoflakes in electric primer furmulations.

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