Continuous Hypergolic Monitor Network for Shipboard Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$704,591.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W9113M-06-C-0175
Award Id:
74704
Agency Tracking Number:
044-1451
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
350 Wynn Drive, Huntsville, AL, 35805
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
031994218
Principal Investigator:
Victor McCarn
Princopal Investigator
(256) 489-3942
vmccarn@radiancetech.com
Business Contact:
Kevin Bice
Sr. Contract Administrato
(256) 489-8964
kbice@radiancetech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
As the demand for high performance propellants rises, so does the demand for assurance of overall safety of personnel and equipment in the vicinity of such materials. Liquid propellants such as hypergolic fuels, although hazardous, have successfully been in use for decades. The demand for such propellants aboard a naval ship or other enclosed spaces is an emerging requirement that cannot be met without proper safety precautions. The number one priority in safety is detection. This effort would develop an automated, continuous hypergolic leak detection network that does not require calibration or routine maintenance for at least four years. The system must be able to detect to a few parts-per-billion (ppb) any of the common types of hypergolic fuels and oxidizers including monomethylhydrazine (MMH), unsymmetric dimethylhydrazine (UDMH), and nitrogen tetroxide (NTO). It should be readily integrateable with existing components such as missiles, missile canisters, shipboard electronics, passageways, and alarm systems. It should be easily modified or reconfigured for use in a wide range of environments such as manufacturing, storage, transport, shipboard, aircraft, etc.

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