IGNITION OF HIGH ENERGY DENSITY CHARGES-LIQUID PROPELLANTS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Amount:
$482,988.00
Award Year:
1994
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N/A
Agency Tracking Number:
13108
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Veritay Technology Inc.
Po Box 305 - 4845 Millersport, East Amherst, NY, 14051
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Edward B Fisher
 (716) 689-0177
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE HIGH-ENERGY DENSITY CHARACTERISTICS OF LIQUID AND GEL PROPELLANTS (AS WELL AS THEIR INHERENT POSSIBILITIES FOR LOW COST, IMPROVED LOGISTICS, AND GREATER SAFETY) HAVE EXCITED INTEREST AMONG GUNSYSTEM DEVELOPERS FOR OVER 40 YEARS, RESULTING IN A LARGE BODY OF BALLISTIC TEST DATA. RECENTLY, VERITAY HAS PERFORMED A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TESTING OF BULK-LOADED LIQUID, GEL AND SLURRY PROPELLANTS-USING BOTH ELECTRICAL AND PYROTECHNIC IGNITION CONCEPTS. WHILE VOLUMES OF DATA HAVE BEEN ACCUMULATED, RELATIVELY LITTLE ATTENTION HAS BEEN DEVOTED TO CHARACTERIZING THE MECHANISMS CRITICAL TO OBTAINING SAFE AND CONSISTENT BALLISTICS. ON-GOING WORK AT VERITAY--SPONSORED BY ARDEC AND OTHERS--SUGGESTS THAT PYROTECHNIC IGNITION MAY HAVE INHERENT VARIABILITY CHARACTERISTICS THAT ARE IMPEDING THE ACHIEVEMENT OF REPRODUCIBLE BALLISTICS. TO DEMONSTRATE THE TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY OF EXERCISING GREATER CONTROL OVER THE IGNITION SEQUENCE, VERITAY PROPOSES TO CRITICALLY EXAMINE THE IGNITION PERIOD OF RECENT BALLISTIC TEST DATA TO IDENTIFY THE SOURCES OF VARIABILITY AND SUGGEST A MEANS FOR THEIR CONTROL. ELECTRICAL IGNITION SYSTEMS THAT PROVIDE ADEQUATE CIRCUITRY FOR CONTROLLING THE IGNITION EVENT WILL BE DEVISED AND DESIGNED, AND AN EXISTING LUMPED--PARAMETER INTERIOR BALLISTIC CODE WILL BE MODIFIED TO MODEL A SLATE OF CANDIDATE IGNITION CONCEPTS FOR THEIR BALLISTIC PERFORMANCE VARIABILITY.

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