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Ammonium Perchlorate Replacement for Propellants

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0860-22-C-7841
Agency Tracking Number: B221-013-0175
Amount: $149,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA22-013
Solicitation Number: 22.1
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-07-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-01-24
Small Business Information
12345 W. 52nd Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033-1916
United States
DUNS: 181947730
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Girish Srinivas
 (303) 940-2321
Business Contact
 Mr. John D. Wright
Phone: (303) 940-2300
Research Institution

Solid propellant formulations used for rockets and missiles typically are comprised of a mixture of oxidizer, fuel, and binder. The most abundantly used oxidizer is Ammonium Perchlorate (AP), which offers excellent performance in solid propellant compositions. In spite of this, AP has drawbacks related to environmental and other concerns, and much effort is being put forth to replace this oxidizer component with alternate non-perchlorate oxidizer materials. However, to date no suitable replacement in terms of performance, safety, cost, etc. has yet been found. In this project, TDA Research Inc. proposes new perchlorate-free ingredients for use as the oxidizer ingredients in solid propellant formulations. Our new materials will be scalable, reproducible, safe and have the right performance properties and Insensitive Munitions (IM) characteristics to replace AP in solid propellant formulations. The new ingredients will be prepared, characterized chemically and thermally, and screened for sensitivity and safety. Solid propellants with the new ingredients will be formulated and produced in small batches for further testing, including thermochemical and performance characterizations. The results obtained will guide a successful program for manufacture of the new propellant formulations using the new oxidizer ingredient, followed by insertion into a missile defense application. Approved for Public Release | 22-MDA-11215 (27 Jul 22)

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