High-Performance Fuels

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9300-06-M-3006
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-194-3115
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF06-194
Solicitation Number:
2006.1
Small Business Information
ORBITAL TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION (ORBITE
Space Center 1212 Fourier Drive, Madison, WI, 53717
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
196894869
Principal Investigator:
Martin Chiaverini
Principal Investigator
(608) 827-5000
chiaverinim@orbitec.com
Business Contact:
Eric Rice
President & CEO
(608) 827-5000
koffarnusl@orbitec.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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