Variable Thrust Hybrid Propulsion for Mission Flexibility

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9300-08-M-3117
Agency Tracking Number:
O081-PR3-1147
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD08-PR3
Solicitation Number:
2008.1
Small Business Information
AERODYNE RESEARCH, INC.
45 Manning Road, Billerica, MA, 01821
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
030817290
Principal Investigator:
David Stickler
Executive Vice-President
(978) 663-9500
dstickler@aerodyne.com
Business Contact:
Charles Kolb
President
(978) 663-9500
kolb@aerodyne.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A novel type of high burning rate hybrid rocket fuel is an enabling technology for a wide range of DoD rocket propulsion applications. This fuel system has been demonstrated to provide burn rate at least four times that of conventional polymers, while retaining the physical properties and specific impulse capability of HTPB based fuels. The result is a high density impulse capability utilizing storable propellant combinations, while eliminating environmental hazards. This fuel maintains a hydrodynamically rough surface to radically enhance convective heat transfer rate, and hence the fuel burn rate. This is achieved by incorporating a particulate fuel material dispersed within a continuum phase polymer matrix. The dispersed fuel material is chosen to transition from solid to gas much more readily than the polymer matrix, and with a particle size scale sufficiently large that the resulting surface voids provide a hydrodynamically rough surface. Combustion of this fuel system maintains the rough surface as theparticles are continually exposed. Secondary effects include increased surface area; decreased fuel phase change enthalpy; and potential for increased specific impulse by inclusion of high energy compounds. The high fuel burn rate enables increased propellant mass fraction while retaining the strength and storage stability of polymeric fuels.

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