Slow Cook-Off Insensitive Munitions Solutions for Solid Rocket Motors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,978.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0006-08-C-7873
Award Id:
86501
Agency Tracking Number:
B073-047-0449
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1832 180th St. SE, Bothell, WA, 98012
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
086581902
Principal Investigator:
Hunter Golden
Sr. Mechanical Engineer
(425) 487-4020
hunter.golden@systima.com
Business Contact:
Tom Prenzlow
General Manager
(425) 487-4020
tom.prenzlow@systima.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The objective of this proposal is to develop highly reliable technologies for initiating and venting large diameter SRMs subjected to slow cook-off. Systima with support from Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK), Tactical Propulsion and Controls Division, proposes to integrate auto-ignition propellant, safe and arm mechanisms, and novel techniques to sever large diameter rocket motor casing. In slow cook-off conditions, thermally controlled rocket motor case venting, by skin severance, greatly reduces the probability of an explosion, violent reaction, or detonation. Since solid propellants deflagrate before detonation, severing the rocket motor case prevents detonations and explosions caused by the buildup of abnormally high pressures inside a thermally weaken rocket motor case. Equally important Systima's proposed concepts do not place reactive materials next to the solid rocket propellant. The proposed concepts will likely improve fast cook-off compliance and furthermore should not increase the solid rocket motor (SRM) sensitivity to other stimuli, such as bullet impact or sympathetic detonations.

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