Multifunctional Bonding Agent for High Energy Propellants

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00178-08-C-3019
Agency Tracking Number: N073-199-0074
Amount: $99,933.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-199
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Kovar
 Principal Scientist
 (781) 890-1338
Business Contact
 William Thompson
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (781) 890-1338
Research Institution
Bonding agents (BAs) are critical components of solid propellants that facilitate processing by improving interfacial interaction between the surfaces of oxidizer grains and the binder resin. The BA cures with the binder to produce void-free solid propellants that exhibit desirable storage and burning properties. New, multifunctional high energy propellants (MHEPs) contain oxidizer components that are not compatible with current BAs or with Polyether PUR binders. Infoscitex proposes to develop a new, soluble Multifunctional Bonding Agent (MBA) that interacts strongly with each type of propellant grain; including, AP, AN, AN, NE, GAP and ADN. The MBA migrates to the grain surface where it hydrogen-bonds to form a thin, tenacious surface layer that reacts with PE-PUR binder resins during cure. The MBA will enable production of void-free MHEP propellants that exhibit superior strength, toughness, stability and burning characteristics. In Phase I, the MBA will be synthesized and processed with MHEP oxidizers to produced the new propellant. Tensile strength and elongation will be measured to demonstrate improved interfacial interaction with MHEP oxidizers and chemical reaction with binder resins. In Phase II, the MBA will be refined, scaled-up and formulated into prototype MHEPs that exhibit superior stability, performance and reliability.

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