High Density Phase Changing Missile Fuel

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$69,938.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W31P4Q-11-C-0192
Solitcitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Number:
2010.3
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2011
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
A103-152-0407
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10-152
Small Business Information
The Sentient Corporation
27757 Cricket Lane, Harvest, AL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
112625095
Principal Investigator
 Kent Key
 Engineer
 (256) 705-3810
 kentkey@att.net
Business Contact
 Kent Key
Title: Engineer
Phone: (256) 705-3810
Email: kentkey@att.net
Research Institution
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Abstract
Fuel applications for scramjet powered flight greater than Mach 8 require the overall injection, mixing, and combustion process to complete in a very short period of time. Although hydrocarbons have very good fuel density, they are not capable of combusting within the time available. Hydrogen is the ideal fuel for scramjet operation greater than Mach 8, but the fuel density and storage requirements have limited its application. Unlike the space shuttle application for hydrogen fuel where cryogenic cooling and very large tank size is an acceptable solution, the scramjet application is restricted severely by volumetric constraints and practical defense applications incorporating cryogenic cooling are not practical. The solution needs to address packaging conformability not necessitating cylindrical tanks by default. The proposed team recognizes the unique requirements for the development of H2 compounds that can conform to any tank geometry and provide long shelf life without the need for additional support hardware. To this end, the team proposes a phase changing solid with a potential yield of ~19% by weight hydrogen content that can be adapted to missile defense applications that will solve the storability issues and excessive support hardware typically associated with the use of hydrogen fuel systems.

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