Novel Catalysts for HAN/HEHN Based Monopropellants

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NAS3-02169
Agency Tracking Number: 012568
Amount: $69,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
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Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ender Savrun
 Principal Investigator
 (425) 485-7272
Business Contact
 Canan Savrun
Title: Vice President
Phone: (425) 485-7272
Research Institution
The Phase I work completed under Contract NAS3-02025 demonstrated that a family of ceramic oxides can successfully be used either as high temperature catalyst carriers or catalysts for decomposition of HAN/MeOH fuels. A ceramic processing technique to produce high surface area spherical catalyst granules was also demonstrated. However, no performance and process optimizations were performed. The work initiated in Phase I will be continued under Phase II to develop and test ceramic based catalyst carriers and catalysts that are capable of initiating the decomposition of HAN-based monopropellants, and sustaining steady-state runs for several hours. One or two candidates in each of catalyst carrier and unpromoted catalyst categories will be defined. Their performances in a small rocket engine will be demonstrated using the propellant(s) specified by NASA.

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