Micro-Particle Debris Characterization from Hyper-Velocity Impacts

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-15-C-7408
Agency Tracking Number: B2-2135
Amount: $996,701.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA13-T002
Solicitation Number: 2013.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-08-31
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-08-30
Small Business Information
4035 Chris Drive, Suite C, Huntsville, AL, 35802
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Burke
 Principal Investigator
 (256) 319-7537
 jim.burke@torchtechnologies.com
Business Contact
 Kenneth Lones
Title: PMO
Phone: (256) 319-6019
Email: kenneth.lones@torchtechnologies.com
Research Institution
 Sandia National Laboratories
 Jennifer Smith
 WFO/CRADA Agreements Dept
SNL MS0115
Albuquerque, NM, 87185
 (505) 844-6173
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
Leveraging the results of our Phase I work, the Torch Team proposes to execute laboratory-based experiments to elucidate fundamental micro-debris formation mechanisms to improve optical modeling of impacts. Optical signatures from impacts collected over the last decade have identified definitive micro-debris parameter trends. However, current theories have difficulty reproducing these optical observations. Our Phase II work plan includes the development of innovative particle sizing instrumentation. Moreover, a novel experiment will be conducted to validate radiometric inversion methodologies for determining micro-debris properties in ground and flight tests, thereby leveraging existing optical data collected on impacts. Our proposed experimental approach will address critical micro-debris characterization data gaps in a timely and cost effective manner to improve hypervelocity impact electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) modeling. Approved for Public Release, 15-MDA-8303 (1 July 15)

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