Safety Technologies for Liquid Hypergolic Propulsion Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-09-C-0070
Agency Tracking Number: B083-046-0463
Amount: $99,917.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA08-046
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
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
 Kevin Bice
Title: Sr. Contract Administrator
Phone: (256) 489-8964
Research Institution
Hypergolic fuels are the propellant of choice for high performance missile systems. As the demand for them increases, so does the need for assuring the safety of personnel and equipment in their vicinity. These fuels tend to be corrosive, toxic, and present fire hazards if leaks occur. The ultimate objective in this research is to develop a sensor technology which will facilitate safer storage and deployment of liquid hypergolic propulsion systems for missile applications. This Phase I effort will involve a solid polymer electrolyte sensor which has demonstrated the detection of hydrazine at single-digit ppm levels, consumes power in the microwatts, and is physically smaller than a dime. Specific goals of this research are two-fold: 1) Demonstrate with a single sensor the ability to discriminate between calibrated concentrations of MMH and N2O4 oxidizer in a lab environment. Performing accurate discrimination is critical for correctly identifying chemical leaks and classifying the fuels without false alarm. 2) Conduct a comprehensive analysis of various hypergolic systems to identify safety risks, and report anticipated safety improvements the proposed sensor system will offer. Interface characteristics for these systems will be studied and methods for adapting the proposed sensor to those systems will be presented.

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