Development and Scale-Up of Nanothermite Composites for Propellant Ignition

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-11-C-0044
Agency Tracking Number: A102-050-1566
Amount: $69,964.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-050
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
8420 Blackbird Ct., Rapid City, SD, -
DUNS: 084425490
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Zac Doorenbos
 R&D Engineer
 (605) 484-3434
Business Contact
 Jan Puszynski
Title: President
Phone: (605) 390-2564
Research Institution
This SBIR Phase I project proposes development of a technologically feasible batch process for making nitrocellulose-nanothermite composites in a granular form for the ignition of propellants. The R & D will focus on the determination of burn rates, dynamic pressure profiles and ESD sensitivities of selected Al/CuO/Fe2O3 and Al/Fe2O3/Bi2O3 energetic nanocomposites based on spherical and flake nanoaluminum to meet ignition and burning characteristics of initiating materials, such as Benite. It is proposed to investigate JA2 propellant initiation using developed nitrocellulose-nanothermite composite materials at -65F, 70F and 160F. The results generated in Phase I are essential for the equipment design and scale-up of a production process for making initiating materials for a particular application in propellant based systems.

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