Advanced MMH-Based Gel Fuel

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-05-C-R015
Agency Tracking Number: A032-2890
Amount: $730,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: A03-153
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive, Madison, WI, 53717
DUNS: 196894869
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Martin Chiaverini
 Principal Propulsion Engi
 (608) 827-5000
Business Contact
 Eric Rice
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (608) 827-5000
Research Institution
ORBITEC and SRI propose to continue the development of 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. Proposed Phase II work includes fuel gel synthesis, physical characterization, hot-fire testing, analysis, and down-select to a final formulation.

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