New Energetic Solid Propellant Ingredients

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9300-05-M-3103
Agency Tracking Number: O054-001-1007
Amount: $99,983.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: OSD05-T001
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center, Andover, MA, 01810
Duns: 073800062
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bryan Bergeron
 Principal Scientist
 (978) 689-0003
Business Contact
 B. Green
Title: President, PSI R&D Operations
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution
 Jean'ne M Shreeve
 Department of Chemistry, Renfrew Hall, Room 116
Moscow, ID, 83844
 (208) 885-6215
 Nonprofit college or university
Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) and the University of Idaho Chemistry Department (U. Id.) propose to synthesize and characterize new solid propellant ingredients. The materials will contain very high nitrogen content within the chemical structure, thereby ensuring a large energy release. Energy densities from these ionic salt propellant ingredients will be higher than those obtained from purely covalent compounds. Thermo-chemical analysis, modeling, and computer simulations will be performed to predict gas products, adiabatic flame temperatures, and specific impulses due to thermal decomposition/combustion. The decomposition/combustion temperatures, heats of formation, heats of combustion, and pressure responses will also be obtained experimentally in nitrogen, air, and oxygen gas environments. Impact and friction tests will be performed at New Mexico Tech. (EMRTC). In the Phase II program new propellant ingredients will be identified, synthesized, characterized, and incorporated within formulations. The impact and friction sensitivities will be reduced using recent advances in nanotechnology.

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