Development Novel High-Performance Solid Propellants

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$748,856.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-12-C-0256
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
O2-0718
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD06-PR3
Solicitation Number:
2006.3
Small Business Information
215 Wynn Dr., 5th Floor, Huntsville, AL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
185169620
Principal Investigator:
Debasis Sengupta
Senior Research Scientist
(256) 726-4800
tsb@cfdrc.com
Business Contact:
Deb Phipps
Contracts Specialist
(256) 726-4884
dap@cfdrc.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
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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