Advanced MMH-Based Gel Fuel

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$120,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-04-C-R130
Award Id:
68259
Agency Tracking Number:
A032-2890
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive, Madison, WI, 53717
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
196894869
Principal Investigator:
MartinChiaverini
Principal Investigator
(608) 827-5000
chiaverinim@orbitec.com
Business Contact:
EricRice
President & CEO
(608) 827-5000
koffarnusl@orbitec.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
ORBITEC and SRI propose to develop an advanced gel propellant fuel based on monomethyl hydrazine (MMH) that provides higher volumetric specific impulse, incorporates a combustible particulate gellant, and has desirable stability and aging characteristics. To improve volumetric Isp, a performance-enhancing compound can be added in conjunction with existing polymeric gelling agents, or new high-energy gellants can be used. Various solid-fuel additives will be considered to provide additional performance benefits by increasing density specific impulse. Atomization can be improved by adding surfactants to modify the MMH surface tension. The resulting MMH-based gel fuel is expected to meet the demands of at least 25 lbf-s/in3 increase in volumetric specific impulse, minimum exhaust signature, high stability, and long life required for advanced propellant gels.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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