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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,942.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W31P4Q-12-C-0053
Solitcitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award Year:
2011
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
11SB2-0021
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB112-002
Small Business Information
Digital Solid State Propulsion LLC
6150 Sunrise Meadows Loop, Reno, NV, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
617058602
Principal Investigator
 Wayne Sawka
 President
 (775) 851-4443
 wsawka@dsspropulsion.com
Business Contact
 Joesph Viola
Title: Vice President Finance
Phone: (775) 851-4443
Email: jviola@dsspropulsion.com
Research Institution
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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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