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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-12-C-0053
Agency Tracking Number: 11SB2-0021
Amount: $99,942.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB112-002
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-11-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
6150 Sunrise Meadows Loop, Reno, NV, -
DUNS: 617058602
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Wayne Sawka
 (775) 851-4443
Business Contact
 Joesph Viola
Title: Vice President Finance
Phone: (775) 851-4443
Research Institution
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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