High-Performance Fuels

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9300-06-M-3006
Agency Tracking Number: F061-194-3115
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-194
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
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 Investigator
 (608) 827-5000
Business Contact
 Eric Rice
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (608) 827-5000
Email: koffarnusl@orbitec.com
Research Institution
ORBITEC and SRI propose to develop a high-performance fuel to replace monomethyl hydrazine (MMH) and hydrocarbon based fuels. The new fuel will have higher energy-density, increased storability, be non-toxic and non-carcinogenic, and provide better compatibility and sensitivity than current MMH and hydrocarbon fuels. The proposed fuel will have performance in excess of IHPRPT phase III requirements. The families of compounds under consideration should have greater heats of formation, lower volatility, and lower toxicity than MMH, an important consideration for potential terrestrial applications. Their reduced volatility will make them safer to handle and pose less inhalation hazards than MMH. The energetic functionality of these materials and the presence of secondary or tertiary amines should provide short ignition delays. In Phase I, physical properties and performance of the specific identified compounds will be measured or determined using molecular modeling and other methods to provide data for candidate fuel rankings. Hot-fire and ignition delay tests plans for Phase II will be developed and initial synthesis of several candidate compounds will begin. During Phase II, down-select to the optimum candidate will result in an advanced fuel that will be hot-fired in a liquid rocket engine with GOX and LOX, or as a possible monopropellant.

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