Natural and Synthetic Alternatives to Carnauba Wax

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Amount:
$99,981.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8651-06-M-0205
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-151-0569
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF06-151
Solicitation Number:
2006.1
Small Business Information
INFOSCITEX CORPORATION
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004627316
Principal Investigator
 Michael Cushman
 Manager, Advanced Matls and Biotech
 (781) 890-1338
 mcushman@infoscitex.com
Business Contact
 William Thompson
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (781) 890-1338
Email: bthompson@infoscitex.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Carnauba wax is a natural product that is used in a variety of applications ranging from food additives to surface protection to explosive matrix. The material comes in several grades and is supplied by a number of companies. Its high melting point and hardness make it useful in many melt-castable explosive compositions. Examples include Composition B, which is an RDX/TNT blend, and the many experimental compositions designed to address the shortcomings of TNT-based melt-castable compositions. While its performance is undoubtedly exceptional, the lack of domestic sources makes it logistically undesirable. In this Phase I SBIR program, Infoscitex Corporation proposes to identify and develop natural and synthetic alternatives to carnauba wax through use of computational methods and experimental evaluation. At least one natural and one synthetic alternative will be recommended for further investigation to the USAF.

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