Synthesis of New, Insensitive Energetic Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-13-C-0090
Agency Tracking Number: N11A-034-0069
Amount: $1,469,493.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N11A-T034
Solicitation Number: 2011.0
Small Business Information
Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC)
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive, Madison, WI, 53717
DUNS: 196894869
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Millicent Coil
 Senior Propulsion Enginee
 (608) 229-2812
 coilm@orbitec.com
Business Contact
 Eric Rice
Title: CEO
Phone: (608) 229-2730
Email: knaufs@orbitec.com
Research Institution
 SRI International
 Dr. Mark Petrie
 333 Ravenswood Ave.
Menlo Park, CA, 94025-3493
 (650) 859-2000
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
Advanced ordnance and propulsion systems utillize materials, such as RDX and HMX, that provide good performance but cannot meet todays more stringent safety and environmental requirements. Unfortunately, in newer compounds created to replace them, the performance falls with the sensitivity. The ORBITEC team proposes the development of new energetic materials that will be both high performance and insensitive. The Phase II work will focus on developing new compounds and synthesizing them in sufficient quantities to begin safety testing. The synthesis will involve both exploration of new compounds and producing larger quantities o existing compounds. Coupled analytical chemistry and modeling will verify the synthesis and project the potential performance of the new explosives. The option periods will further scale up the synthesis to allow more extensive testing and move the technology toward pilot plant production. The ultimate result of the Phase II STTR program will be new, insensitive explosives that will have use across a wide range of military and civilian applications.

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