Development Novel High-Performance Solid Propellants

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: W31P4Q-12-C-0256
Agency Tracking Number: O2-0718
Amount: $748,856.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD06-PR3
Solicitation Number: 2006.3
Small Business Information
CFD Research Corporation
215 Wynn Dr., 5th Floor, Huntsville, AL, -
DUNS: 185169620
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Debasis Sengupta
 Senior Research Scientist
 (256) 726-4800
Business Contact
 Deb Phipps
Title: Contracts Specialist
Phone: (256) 726-4884
Research Institution
The primary objective of this SBIR program is to develop novel high-performance solid propellant that will out perform the currently used propellants with respect to specific impulse and sensitivity. In Phase I, CFDRC has demonstrated the feasibility of the program by synthesizing and characterizing two concept energetic salts. They were selected via quantum chemistry and thermodynamics-based modeling and analyses from 20 hypothesized compounds. The synthesized salts were characterized to have high densities, low impact sensitivities and high decomposition temperatures. In Phase II, CFDRC, along with the university and industry partners, will fine-tune these compounds to further improve the properties relevant to practical applications. A battery of tests will be run to down-select one compound. The tests will include heat of formation, compatibility, burn rate, volatility and shock sensitivity. The synthesis process for the compound will be scaled up for real-life tests. The characterization tests will then be performed in a larger scale for validation. Finally, the propellant will be test fired in a small-scale rocket motor for thrust measurements

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