Replacement of Red Phosphorus in Smoke Producing Munitions

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
M67854-07-C-6522
Award Id:
82475
Agency Tracking Number:
N071-004-1425
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
24112 Rockwell Drive, Euclid, OH, 44117
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
175863463
Principal Investigator:
MichaelDowell
Engineering Manager
(216) 404-0053
mdowell@powdermetinc.com
Business Contact:
AndrewSherman
President/CEO
(216) 404-0053
ajsherman@powdermetinc.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Future combat scenarios requires a red and/or white phosphorus alternative as a multi-role munitions filler for obscuring, screening, marking, incendiary and thermobaric applications. Currently, red and white phosphorus filled munitions are successfully being deployed in combat, especially in "shake and bake" missions in Fallujah. However, processing, deployment, storage and overall safety concerns primarily limit the utilization of red and white phosphorus. Especially when stored, phosphorus decomposes to phosphorus pentoxide and then phosphoric acid in moist environments. In lieu of safety concerns and cost ineffectiveness in producing red and white phosphorus, Powdermet Inc. proposes to use reactive fuel/oxidizer microcomposite obscurants with "nanolaminate" fuel/stabilizer/thermite coatings produced by Fluidized Bed Chemical Vapor Deposition (FBCVD) and fluoropolymer press coatings as a suitable/superior alternative for red and white phosphorus fillers for current and future munitions. The particle size, composition, and intimate mixing of fuel and oxidizer during spray drying, FBCVD, and fluoropolymer press coatings will yield favorable combustion and reaction rates in order to maximize smoke production, colored smoke production, exothermicity, and blast/expansion pressure. Complete characterization will be performed to ensure that the correct properties are achieved.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites


SBA logo

Department of Agriculture logo

Department of Commerce logo

Department of Defense logo

Department of Education logo

Department of Energy logo

Department of Health and Human Services logo

Department of Homeland Security logo

Department of Transportation logo

Enviromental Protection Agency logo

National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo

National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government