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Reliable Hydroxyl-Terminated PolyButadiene for Rocket Motors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-23-C-0500
Agency Tracking Number: N23A-T018-0051
Amount: $139,970.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N23A-T018
Solicitation Number: 23.A
Solicitation Year: 2023
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-07-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-01-16
Small Business Information
2501 Earl Rudder Freeway South
College Station, TX 77845-6023
United States
DUNS: 184758308
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Billy McCulloch
 (979) 764-2200
Business Contact
 Jaclyn McCord
Phone: (979) 764-2302
Research Institution
 Texas A&M University
 James Thomas
3123 TAMU
College Station, TX 77845-3123
United States

 (979) 845-3019
 Nonprofit College or University

This proposal aims to develop a predictive model for characterizing Hydroxyl Terminated PolyButadiene (HTPB) polymer binder resin, used in existing and emerging solid rocket motors. The model will use modern analytical methods to correlate HTPB polymer system chemical and physical characteristics with gum-stock and formulation end-use properties. The objective is to produce a reliable HTPB variant and associated specifications that meet updated military specifications and production practices. Phase I will identify and/or develop combinations of key analytical methods and generate needed characterization data. Phase II will refine the HTPB polymer analytical methods and validate the predictive model. The final model will ensure that a fully tested lot of HTPB meets required gum-stock pot life, cure profile, and aging characteristics. The proposed technology has direct applications in the military for rocket motors, ejection seats, and related propellants, as well as potential commercial uses in the aerospace industry.

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