Advanced High Energy Density Propellants

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