Synthesis of New, Insensitive Energetic Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-M-0284
Agency Tracking Number: N11A-034-0069
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N11A-T034
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Small Business Information
Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC)
WI, Madison, WI, 53717-1961
DUNS: 196894869
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Millicent Coil
 Senior Propulsion Enginee
 (608) 229-2812
 coilm@orbitec.com
Business Contact
 Eric Rice
Title: CEO
Phone: (608) 229-2730
Email: knaufs@orbitec.com
Research Institution
 SRI International
 Mark Petrie
 333 Ravenswood Ave.
Menlo Park, CA, 94025-3493
 (650) 859-2000
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
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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