Continuous Hypergolic Monitor Network for Shipboard Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-05-C-0116
Agency Tracking Number: 044-1451
Amount: $98,039.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA04-146
Solicitation Number: 2004.4
Small Business Information
350 Wynn Drive, Huntsville, AL, 35805
DUNS: 031994218
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Vic McCarn
 Principal Investigator
 (256) 489-3942
Business Contact
 E. Dublin
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (256) 704-3404
Research Institution
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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