Advanced High Energy Density Propellants

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$119,818.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W15QKN-10-C-0020
Agency Tracking Number:
A092-029-0906
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
A09-029
Solicitation Number:
2009.2
Small Business Information
NextGen Aeronautics
2780 Skypark Drive, Suite 400, Torrance, CA, 90505
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
106823607
Principal Investigator:
Naida Lacevic
Manager, Contracts
(310) 626-8364
nlacevic@nextgenaero.com
Business Contact:
Zoltan Feher
Principal Investigator
(310) 626-8384
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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