Resonant-Mixing of Gelled Propellants

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAH01-02-C-R013
Agency Tracking Number: A992-1716
Amount: $728,296.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2002
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
PO Box 4167, 1901 South Franklin, Butte, MT, 59701
DUNS: 836287680
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steven McGrath
 Chief Research Chemist
 (406) 723-2222
Business Contact
 Lawrence Farrar
Title: President
Phone: (406) 723-2222
Research Institution
"Gelled bipropellants provide advantages over liquid or solid gels. The conversion of advanced liquid oxidizers and fuels to gel greatly increases the safety of storage and use of bipropulsion materials in missile systems. Operational advantages of thegelled propellents over solid fuels include the ability to modulate fuel burn rate. The deliverable for this Phase II proposal is an advanced mixer/reactor system that is ideally suited for the manufacture of bipropellant. The technology, ResonantSonicVariable Volume Mixer-Reactor (RVVMR), uses high intensity, low frequency energy, coupled with a mixing technology developed by the Army Missile Command (AMCOM) into a system that has been demonstrated in Phase I as an effective gelled propellant mixingtechnology. The Phase II project presented below embodies the development, design, fabrication and delivery of a fully operational RVVMR system to AMCOM, as well as developing commercial applications with an industrial chemical company strategic partnerwho will contribute to the Phase II research. The RVVMR technology will be suitable for making production batches of conventional gelled propellents, and will have great utility for use in the development of advanced gels for bipropulsion systems. TheRVVMR technology also offers a unique solution to many contemporary mixing problems."

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