Safe, Environmentally Benign, Low Cost, Wakeless Monopropellants

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 40603
Amount: $63,208.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1998
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
32 Jane Lane, Bristol, RI, 02809
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James R. Moden, P. E.
 (401) 253-2653
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Research Institution
The end product of this proposal is an improved monopropellant which is safe, non toxic, water soluble, very low cost, energetic, environmentally benign and wakeless. Calculations show that a stoichiometric blend of the water soluble constituents produce a monopropellant having an energy density of 1100 Btu/# (British thermal units per pound) and an adiabatic flame temperature of 2300 F (Fahrenheit). This monopropellant is projected to be insensitive to impact up to and including the shock imposed from military rifle fire. Experimental determinations and verifications of physical properties and of stability of the monopropellant are proposed in Phase I. Drop weight impact testing will demonstrate the insensitivity of the monopropellant to mechanical shock at levels below those encountered in blasting cap tests. Also in Phase I a proprietary technique will be demonstrated which prevents any possible detonation should the monopropellant rise above a selected temperature during the most severe test of Mil-Std-2105, the cook off or bonfire test. In the Phase I Option, preliminary combustion tests are proposed in the Alternate Fuels Combustion Test Fixture. Also, scaled safety tests will be performed as precursors to the full scale Mil-Std-2105 tests scheduled in Phase II.

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