SURFACTANT FOR PBX & TNT BASED SYSTEMS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Amount:
$223,518.00
Award Year:
1992
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N/A
Agency Tracking Number:
14958
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Mach I Inc.
340 East Church Road, King Of Prussia, PA, 19406
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Mr Robert Taylor
 Principal Investigator
 (215) 279-2340
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THIS PROJECT WILL IDENTIFY AND CHARACTERIZE CANDIDATE SURFACTANTS FOR USE IN TWO DIFFERENT EXPLOSIVES SYSTEMS. THE OBJECTIVE IS TO IMPROVE PROCESSABILITY BY REDUCING VISCOSITY BY BETTER DISPERSION OF THE FILLERS. THIS WILL PERMIT HIGHER EXPLOSIVE FILLER LOADING (PBX AND TNT) AND/OR IMPROVE THE SUSPENSION OF SOLIDS (TNT). THIS PROJECT HAS A HIGH PROBABILITY OF SUCCESS. THE PROGRAM WILL SYSTEMATICALLY SELECT SURFACANTS, JUDICIOUSLY SCREEN AND EVALUATE FOR VISCOSITY REDUCTION, AND EVALUTE THE BEST OF THESE FOR COMPABILITY AND EFFECT ON BINDER MECHANICAL PROPERTIES. A GOOD DISPERSANT IS LIKELY TO SUSPEND WELL. PBXN-109 WILL BE USED AS A PROTOTYPE FOR PBX SYSTEMS (USING AMMONIUM SULFATE AS RDX SIMULANT). H-6 SIMULANT WILL BE USED AS A PROTOTYPE FOR TNT SYSTEMS. BETTER DISPERSION OF PARTICLES WITH SURFACTANTS SHOULD GIVE HIGHER TENSILE PROPERTIES AND IMPROVED SHOCK INSENSIVITY, AS CITED IN SEVERAL REFERENCES. THE DISPERSANTS FREQUENTLY ACT AS BONDING AGENTS ALSO.

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