Reactive Materials with Reduced Electrostatic Discharge Sensitivity

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-11-C-0024
Agency Tracking Number: A102-049-0070
Amount: $119,871.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-049
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc.
2750 Indian Ripple Road, Dayton, OH, 45440
DUNS: 130020209
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 MICHAEL RAUSCHER
 Research Engineer
 (937) 320-1877
 rauschermd@crgrp.com
Business Contact
 Stephen Vining
Title: VP Government Programs
Phone: (937) 320-1877
Email: viningsd@crgrp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Advanced reactive materials (RM) with reduced electrostatic discharge (ESD) sensitivity are needed by the Army. Nanoscale thermite compositions are of particular interest because of the fast reaction rates and high flame temperatures generated during reaction. Unfortunately, in many cases, the materials are so reactive that they are impractical to work with. One route to improving ESD insensitivity is to embed the nanoparticles in a polymeric matrix, which insulates the particles from accidental discharge. However, significant challenges exist with traditional polymeric nanocomposite processing, including achieving monodisperse, non-agglomerated particle suspensions. These challenges only increase with larger batch sizes, making production scale-up another significant challenge. Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to develop polymeric nanothermite composites using a novel, patented process called nanoinfusion. Nanoinfusion processing technology allows for in-situ formation of nanoparticles in a polymer matrix, producing polymer nanocomposites with monodisperse nanoparticle content. Nanoinfusion is not a liquid dispersion process, and there is no handling of loose nanoparticles. There is no route for particle agglomeration in this process, eliminating the most significant processing challenge associated with nanoparticle synthesis and mixing. Nanoinfusion is scaleable to meet large scale production needs, while safely and consistently achieving excellent nanoparticle dispersion and size uniformity.

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