Highly Durable Catalysts for Ignition of Advanced Monopropellants

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$124,997.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX12CD86P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
114848
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
S3.04
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
4600 Nautilus Ct., S., Boulder, CO, 80301-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
029303690
Principal Investigator:
James White
Principal Investigator
(303) 530-0263
eltron@eltronresearch.com
Business Contact:
James Beck
Vice President - Administratio
(303) 530-0263
sbeck@eltronresearch.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Monopropellants are readily ignited or decomposed over a bed of solid catalyst. A serious limitation of existing catalysts in the ignition of advanced monopropellants is limited thermal stability. The recent emphasis on improved performance of monopropellant technology (e.g., with AF M315E and LGP 1846), has led to the need for advanced materials possessing exceptional properties. Increased specific impulse monopropellants will require ignition catalysts possessing exceptional thermal stability and ruggedness: Existing alumina supported iridium catalysts do not possess these characteristics. This proposed SBIR Phase I will be addressed to the further development of thermally stable high temperature ignition catalysts, optimization of their mechanical strength and erosion resistance, and employment in small propulsion devices. Eltron previously identified a catalyst which displayed activity comparable to alumina supported iridium (Shell 405) but which tolerates temperatures in excess of at least 1900 degrees C, is markedly less dense, is precious metals-free, and is much less expensive. Phase II will optimize the catalyst, demonstrate activity and ruggedness with a number of monopropellant systems, scale up catalyst preparation, and conduct test firings with the catalyst system.

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