Reactive Structural Materials for Enhanced Blasts

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Amount:
$149,981.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HDTRA1-13-P-0014
Agency Tracking Number:
T122-008-0023
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
DTRA122-008
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Small Business Information
MATSYS, Inc.
504 Shaw Road Suite 215, Sterling, VA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
838199099
Principal Investigator:
Tony Zahrah
President
(703) 964-0400
zahrah@matsys.com
Business Contact:
Tony Zahrah
President
(703) 964-0400
zahrah@matsys.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
MATSYS proposes to develop reactive materials compositions and processing techniques for structural reactive composites for blast enhancement. This effort will combine our unique expertise in instrumented-Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) with new approaches in reactive materials design to develop a new generation of cost-efficient and highly reactive materials. The proposed material system will use a blend of elemental or compound powders capable of an energetic (exothermic) chemical reaction. The existence of different powders will allow for tailoring of the mechanical and reactive properties of the material through engineered variations of the volume fraction of each powder to control the type of reaction, the form of energy release and the material break-up mechanism. During this program, we will demonstrate the versatility of the approach by fabricating highly reactive materials that will significantly enhance the blast performance. These materials can be used to replace structurally inert materials with structural reactive materials to enhance weapon effectiveness and reduce payload. Upon successful demonstration, this powder-based process can be easily applied to different powders, and scaled for cost-effective, high-volume production of fully dense structural reactive composites.

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