Energetic Modification of Aluminum Nanoparticles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W15QKN-12-C-0112
Agency Tracking Number:
A121-012-0036
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
A12-012
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
UES, Inc.
4401 Dayton-Xenia Road, Da, OH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
074689217
Principal Investigator:
Christopher Crouse
Principal Investigator
(937) 255-9368
ccrouse@ues.com
Business Contact:
Rick Weddle
Director, Contracts
(937) 426-6900
rweddle@ues.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Aluminum (Al) has an energy density (-31.05 kJ/g) nearly three times higher than most molecular high explosives and its combustion yields an exothermic release of energy (f'Hf (Al2O3) = -1676.8 kJ/mol) but is limited by surface diffusion, therefore an increase in surface area yields a direct increase on reaction rate. Aluminum nanopowders (nano-Al) possess surface areas on the order of 20-40 m2/g and have attracted interest throughout the energetics community for propellant and metallization applications. Unpassivated nano-Al powders are highly pyrophoric and require stabilization through formation of a nascent oxide layer (2-6 nm), however, this process accounts for a 14-38% loss of reactive aluminum. To improve reaction kinetics for nano-Al based energetic formulations, UES proposes use of thin (2-5 nm) fluoropolymer coatings deposited on the oxide surface of nano-Al either through wet-chemical deposition techniques or through use of plasma polymerization. Fluoropolymers are known to be highly effective oxidizers for aluminum and should initiate and accelerate reaction between nano-Al and additional oxidizers. Additionally, fluoropolymer coatings will also serve as a gasifying agent to increase reaction pressures in nano-Al based energetic formulations and due to their naturally hydrophobic nature should improve the stability of nano-Al by inhibiting premature oxidation due to humidity.

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