Solid Rocket Motor Propellant Characterization and Material Reconstruction Using High Resolution Tomography

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9300-10-C-3003
Agency Tracking Number: O2-0867
Amount: $740,710.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD08-PR2
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
IllinoisRocstar LLC
P. O. Box 3001, Champaign, IL, -
DUNS: 792045713
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Brandyberry
 Chief Operating Officer
 (217) 766-2567
Business Contact
 William Dick
Title: CEO&Managing Member
Phone: (217) 417-0885
Research Institution
We propose to enhance and commercialize software tools for imaging and three-dimensional reconstruction of as-produced propellant grains from micro-tomographic volume-imaging techniques; computational tools that model the morphology of the propellant grain, including first-, second-, and third-order statistics; and computational tools that determine local material properties, including elastic modulus, thermal conductivity, and coefficients of thermal expansion. Tentatively named TOMOPROP (Tomography-based Prediction of Material Properties), these tools will be validated by comparison with experimental data. The new product includes implementation of generically shaped particle models and process/product implementation for aluminized and non-aluminized propellants. The SBIR Phase I program brought together IllinoisRocstar LLC and the University of Illinois to explore the feasibility of the tomography to morphology to material property methodology. The Phase I assessment was highly successful and produced results that clearly demonstrate feasibility of the approach. The results strongly suggest a process and product that can be commercialized for DoD, NASA, the U.S. solid rocket companies, as well as other non-military commercial organizations. Phase II will advance the engineering and underlying applied science, and should accelerate the technology to commercial readiness.

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