Optimal Fuel Gel Formulations

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-08-C-0063
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-027-0380
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ORBITAL TECHNOLOGIES CORP.(ORBITEC)
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive, Madison, WI, 53717
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
196894869
Principal Investigator:
Millicent Coil
Senior Propulsion Engineer
(608) 827-5000
coilm@orbitec.com
Business Contact:
Eric Rice
President and CEO
(608) 827-5000
knaufs@orbitec.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Propellant gels offer a promising way to simultaneously increase safety of operations and enhance performance. Gel viscoelastic properties minimize leaking and slosh during storage yet allow flow on demand. Use of energetic gellants can increase density specific impulse performance. Clever formulation of propellant gels based on sol-gel science can optimize gel properties. The proposed work will design and characterize fuel gel formulations for the Army's bipropellant rocket engines. The fuel gels will consist of an azide fuel and a polymer-nanoparticulate gellant. Rheological and thermal characterization of the samples will guide the design process. The results will demonstrate the ability to apply theory to 'dial in' the viscoelastic properties that will provide the safety and IM benefits and improved performance.

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