Hybrid Energetic Materials System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-11-C-0237
Agency Tracking Number: O2-1121
Amount: $710,806.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD09-W07
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
207 Crystal Ct., Niceville, FL, -
DUNS: 090472601
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dan Matuska
 Project Manager
 (850) 585-5394
Business Contact
 Michael Gunger
Title: President
Phone: (850) 865-6137
Email: gungerengineering@cox.net
Research Institution
Most munitions use organic explosives to produce effects that produce damage to critical components of the target. Organic explosives must be used in a narrow range of density and produce peak pressures far above what is required to damage the target. Hybrid energetic materials can be formulated to sustain reactions at very low density over large volumes to produce a wide range of effects from very low to very high pressures. By increasing volume with a constant mass of material, it is possible to produce a very large total pressure impulse. Pressure impulse is the major damage mechanism for a wide range of military targets. In addition, the inorganic components of hybrid energetic materials are capable of producing much higher specific energy than conventional organic explosives. The attributes of hybrid energetic material have not been exploited because of material availability and cost. This is partly ameliorated by improved production methods and the use of precision weapons that minimize the number of munitions needed to reach the desired effects. The proposed work will apply the weaponization and experimental methods defined and developed in the Phase I effort to the definition, design, and development of a hybrid energetic material system munition concept. Such a munition will provide our war fighters with the additional flexibility of a high impulse, low collateral damage weapon with effects tailored by varying the density of the energetic at the time of initiation. Potentially, such a weapon will reduce the munition mass needed to defeat a given target. Commercial applications include demolition and pyrotechnic systems. High-density versions could also be used in metal brazing and welding applications.

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