Novel Variable Explosive Yield Concept

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-11-C-0062
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4303
Amount: $700,976.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-052
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
Energetic Materials & Products, Inc.
1413 Brandi Lane, Round Rock, TX, -
DUNS: 601218253
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dennis Wilson
 CEO
 (512) 380-1992
 dennis.wilson@empi-inc.com
Business Contact
 Richard Johnson
Title: Project Engineer
Phone: (512) 380-1992
Email: richard.johnson@empi-inc.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
This research addresses the specific challenges of developing munitions with scalable, multifunctional target kill mechanisms; and a controllable lethality radius. When matured, the technology is expected to provide flexibility and precision effects for: medium and large caliber gun systems; and missiles. The work plan represents a logical and comprehensive extension of the Phase I feasibility study to develop a variable explosive yield warhead concept. The research contains multiple tasks with aggressive goals made possible by leveraging ongoing work in technically aligned programs. The work plan scope involves three main tasks. The first task involves testing a series of systematic improvements designed to increase the performance and functionality of the successful, proof-of-concept device. A key feature is a so-called common-body test article capable of functioning in either the LCD mode or UCD mode by selecting the initiation scheme in real-time. The second task involves significant changes to the architecture, specifically: testing a pre-scored steel case; using of a castable explosive for the annular initiation ring; and developing an alternative fuzing concept and initiation scheme. The third part is to scale-up the prototype warhead to approximately 1 kg net explosive weight and conduct both vented chamber and free-field, arena tests.

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