Reactive Materials with Reduced Electrostatic Discharge Sensitivity

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-11-C-0176
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4755
Amount: $729,932.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-049
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
2750 Indian Ripple Road, Dayton, OH, -
DUNS: 130020209
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Rauscher
 Director, Advanced Materi
 (937) 320-1877
Business Contact
 Stephen Vining
Title: Vice President, Governmen
Phone: (937) 320-1877
Research Institution
Advanced reactive materials with reduced electrostatic discharge (ESD) sensitivity are needed by the Army. Nanoscale thermite compositions are of interest because of their fast reaction rates and high flame temperatures. Unfortunately, in many cases, the materials are so reactive that they are impractical to work with. One route to improving ESD insensitivity is to embed the nanoparticles in a polymeric matrix, which insulates the particles from accidental discharge. However, significant challenges exist with traditional polymeric nanocomposite processing in achieving size similar particles with uniform dispersion and avoiding agglomeration, while making material in large enough quantity to be commercially useful. These challenges only increase with larger batch sizes, making production scale-up another significant challenge. In Phase I, Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) developed polymeric nanothermite composites using a novel, patented process called nanoinfusion yielding monodisperse nanoparticles of aluminum and iron oxide in an inert polymer binder. There is no route for particle agglomeration in this process, eliminating the most significant challenge associated with nanoparticle synthesis and mixing. In Phase II, CRG proposes to scale up processing to kilogram-level production batches, optimize particles for cost, purity, and yield, and establish safety protocols for manufacturing, storage, and transportation of nanoinfused energetic materials.

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