Safe, Energetic Projectile Launchers Utilizing Metafex Explosive Replacements

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-02-C-0037
Agency Tracking Number: N991-2103
Amount: $1,098,720.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 1999
Solicitation Topic Code: N99-013
Solicitation Number: 1999.1
Small Business Information
PO Box 5357, Hopkins, MN, 55343
DUNS: 837267194
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Davison
 (952) 944-3539
Business Contact
 David Davison
Title: President
Phone: (952) 944-3539
Research Institution
# Metafex (for metal-fueled explosive replacement) combines the technologies of explosive reaction thermochemistry and pulsed electrical power. The technology will make systems formerly requiring hazardous explosives not only safer and more energetic but also lower in cost. Analysis shows that Metafex energy densities are more than twice as great as those of conventional explosives. # Because Metafex energy density is greater, weapon components can be made smaller and/or more effective, yet safer, if they use Metafex in place of explosives. There are many military applications, including the projectile launchers on which the proposal focuses. # By replacing the sensitive explosives in projectile launchers with Metafex, systems will be safer. Because the Metafex explosive replacement will be safer, it will be less costly to manufacture, to ship, and to use. # In contrast to conventional ones, the proposed projectile launchers require no explosives. They are environmentally benign, can be safely shipped anywhere, and need no special handling. The projectile launchers will be inert until activated by energetic electrical pulses. # In Phase II of the proposed project, Metafex projectile launchers will be built and tested, and system studies will be performed.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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