Novel Hybrid Structural Reactive Composites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-12-M-0061
Agency Tracking Number: F112-108-0322
Amount: $149,519.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: AF112-108
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
504 Shaw Road Suite 215, Sterling, VA, -
DUNS: 838199099
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tony Zahrah
 (703) 964-0400
Business Contact
 Tony Zahrah
Title: President
Phone: (703) 964-0400
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: MATSYS proposes to develop novel hybrid compositions and processing techniques for structural reactive composites for the enhancement of Air Force munitions. This effort will combine our unique expertise in instrumented-Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) with new approaches in reactive materials design to develop a new generation of cost-efficient, high strength and highly reactive materials. The proposed material system will use a blend of elemental or compound powders capable of an energetic (exothermic) chemical reaction. The existence of different powders will allow for tailoring of the mechanical and reactive properties of the material through engineered variations of the volume fraction of each powder to control the type of reaction and the form of energy release as well as the mechanical properties. During this program, we will demonstrate the versatility of the approach by fabricating high strength and highly reactive materials that will enhance the munitions lethality by releasing a large amount of exothermal heat and overpressure. These materials can be used to replace structurally inert materials with structural reactive materials to enhance weapon effectiveness and reduce payload. Upon successful demonstration, this powder-based process can be easily applied to different powders, and scaled for cost-effective, high-volume production of fully dense structural reactive composites. BENEFIT: The proposed program will have dual use commercialization with military as well as commercial applications. The material can be transitioned into several military hardware programs for weapon development in urban terrain (MOUT) and other low collateral damage scenarios. Commercial applications include potential use in petroleum exploration and oil well stimulation, and law enforcement applications.

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