Shelf-Stable Red Phosphorus

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,963.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
M67854-07-C-6528
Agency Tracking Number:
N071-004-0071
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
N07-004
Solicitation Number:
2007.1
Small Business Information
INFOSCITEX CORP.
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004627316
Principal Investigator:
Robert Woodman
Senior Engineer
(781) 890-1338
rwoodman@infoscitex.com
Business Contact:
William Thompson
Contracts Manager
(781) 890-1338
bthompson@infoscitex.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Smoke-producing munitions such as mortars, smoke pots, and hand grenades are an important class of ordnance employed by the US military in both training and mission scenarios. These devices serve a number of vital functions including smoke screening for vision obscurance and marking of targets. A number of smoke-producing munitions used by the USMC rely upon red phosphorus (RP) to generate a smoke that provides screening in both the visible and IR spectra. Although RP performs exceptionally, its susceptibility to degradation during storage to form phosphine and other hazardous materials has risen concerns for personnel health. In this Phase I SBIR program, Infoscitex Corporation (IST) proposed to enable the continued use of RP through development of a novel coating system that will render it shelf-stable. IST will develop an inorganic coating system that will address shortcomings of previous attempts to stabilize RP, and will ensure that performance of existing smoke-producing munitions is maintained.

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