Direct Plasma Production from Electric Solid Propellant for High Velocity Launch Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,942.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-12-C-0053
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
11SB2-0021
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB112-002
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
6150 Sunrise Meadows Loop, Reno, NV, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
617058602
Principal Investigator:
Wayne Sawka
President
(775) 851-4443
wsawka@dsspropulsion.com
Business Contact:
Joesph Viola
Vice President Finance
(775) 851-4443
jviola@dsspropulsion.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
As an alternative to double-base propellants we propose electric solid propellants (ESP) as a safe, green, higher performance alternative to double-base propellants for high velocity electro thermal chemical (ETC) canons. These new energetic materials are inherently safe, with ignition only possible via the sustained supply of electrical power and not by spark, flame or even bullet impact. A major disadvantage of conventional double-base propellants for ETC use is their extremely low loading densities @ ~0.3g/cm3, required for plasma spreading within the combustion chamber (shell). Unlike those double-base propellants, ESPs can be packaged as a single monolithic grain igniting by one or more inert electrodes and allow 4-5 times greater loading densities. This reduction of parasitic volume of the ETC rounds will allow more ammunition to be transported by the Warfighter in less space.

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