Ionic Liquid Propellants

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-09-C-7060
Agency Tracking Number: B08B-001-0014
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA08-T001
Solicitation Number: 2008.B
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
 Millicent Coil
 Senior Propulsion Engineer
 (608) 229-2812
Business Contact
 Eric Rice
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (608) 229-2730
Research Institution
 University of Wisconsin-Madison
 Juan J DePablo
 1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI, 53706-1691
 (608) 262-7727
 Nonprofit college or university
Future BMDS interceptor systems require innovative propellants that provide significantly increased performance and, simultaneously, improved safety, insensitivity, and economy. ORBITEC and partner University of Wisconsin-Madison propose to develop a family of ionic liquid propellants to meet these needs. Ionic liquids are inherently non-volatile, stable, and dense, and have a large liquidus range; thus they are well-suited to be rocket propellants. A non-volatile yet highly energetic rocket propellant would not only improve insensitive munitions compliance but could also potentially enable shipboard use. The proposed Phase I program will include the design of the propellants, synthesis of small quantities, materials testing, and energy and performance calculations. The end result of the initial phase will be a set of the most promising samples for in-depth analysis in future work. Phase II work will synthesize larger quantities of the top formulations, conduct more extensive materials testing, and progress to combustion tests. This research program will produce a set of new liquid ionic rocket propellants for mono- and bi-propellant systems that will exceed the state of the art propellants in density specific impulse, insensitivity, and safety and will allow engineering of novel electrical ignition systems.

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