Optimal Fuel Gel Formulations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-08-C-0063
Agency Tracking Number: A072-027-0380
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-027
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
ORBITAL TECHNOLOGIES CORP.(ORBITEC)
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive, Madison, WI, 53717
DUNS: 196894869
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Millicent Coil
 Senior Propulsion Engineer
 (608) 827-5000
 coilm@orbitec.com
Business Contact
 Eric Rice
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (608) 827-5000
Email: 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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