Powder Fluidization Grenade (PFG) for Particulate Obscurant Dissemination

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-13-C-0066
Agency Tracking Number: A2-5322
Amount: $1,048,908.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11-045
Solicitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
Hy-Tek Manufacturing Co. Inc.
1998 Bucktail Lane, Sugar Grove, IL, -
DUNS: 106924822
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Jude
 Engineering Director
 (480) 216-1148
Business Contact
 John Bastian
Title: General Manager
Phone: (630) 466-7664
Email: jbastian@hytekmfg.com
Research Institution
The use of high explosive powder obscurant (PO) grenades can cause serious injury and death as well as unwanted collateral damage in the form of incendiary destruction. U.S Army's objective is to greatly mitigate these hazards and improve the overall powder yield, dissemination and performance of PO grenades while eliminating the use of traditional explosive materials. HMC has shown through its Phase I SBIR research and development efforts, a new and innovative method for PO dissemination that consistently produces a + 90% yield with a minimum of powder agglomeration. This technique uses a gas stream to fluidize, entrain and aerosol a wide variety of powder nano-materials including metal flakes. The system uses a single gas stream which provides the necessary propellant energy and powder entrainment medium to accomplish efficient dissemination and dispersion of nano-material powder obscurants, including metal flakes.

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