Advanced High Energy Density Propellants

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$119,818.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W15QKN-10-C-0020
Solitcitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Number:
2009.2
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2010
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
A092-029-0906
Solicitation Topic Code:
A09-029
Small Business Information
NextGen Aeronautics
2780 Skypark Drive, Suite 400, Torrance, CA, 90505
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Duns:
106823607
Principal Investigator
 Naida Lacevic
 Manager, Contracts
 (310) 626-8364
 nlacevic@nextgenaero.com
Business Contact
 Zoltan Feher
Title: Principal Investigator
Phone: (310) 626-8384
Email: zfeher@nextgenaero.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
NextGen Aeronautics, Inc., in collaboration with Prof. Steven Son’s group at Purdue University and Dr. Darren Naud, is proposing to design nanoparticle enhanced high energy density propellants using theoretical and simulation methods, and verify the design by small-scale laboratory production and testing. We will use molecular dynamics and implement novel dissipative particle dynamics methods to model and predict phase separation and nanoparticle dispersion in propellant binders. Our predictions will be verified and validated by SEM and TEM experiments at Purdue. The outcome of the proposed study will be a recommendation for nanoparticle enhanced high energy density propellant compositions that will reduce phase separation and nanoparticle agglomeration and maximize performance. Simulant propellant samples manufactured at Purdue will be made available to Picatinny Arsenal researchers for characterization with their small angle x-ray (SAX) and ultra-small-angle X-ray scattering (USAXS) systems.

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