Synthesis of New, Insensitive Energetic Materials

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-11-M-0284
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N11A-034-0069
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N11A-T034
Solicitation Number:
2011.A
Small Business Information
WI, Madison, WI, 53717-1961
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
196894869
Principal Investigator:
MillicentCoil
Senior Propulsion Enginee
(608) 229-2812
coilm@orbitec.com
Business Contact:
EricRice
CEO
(608) 229-2730
knaufs@orbitec.com
Research Institute:
SRI International
Mark Petrie
333 Ravenswood Ave.
Menlo Park, CA, 94025-3493
(650) 859-2000

Abstract
Advanced ordnance and propulsion systems of the modern era still utilize vintage energetic materials. These old generation materials, such as RDX and HMX, cannot meet today"s more stringent safety and environmental requirements. Unfortunately, in newer compounds created to replace them, the performance falls with the sensitivity. The ORBITEC team proposes the development of new energetic materials that will be both high performance and insensitive. The Phase I work will include synthesis of new compounds, analysis of the structures, and estimation and comparison of their performance. The design strategies will focus not only on the inclusion of energetic groups but also on the creation of stable compounds. A host of chemical analytical techniques will verify these structures and reveal their properties. Thermochemical calculations will estimate their performance as explosives and as propellant ingredients. The subsequent Phase II work will accelerate the TRL of the most promising compounds through scale-up of synthesis, more extensive materials testing, and performance testing.

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