Wax Substitutes for Melt Castable Explosive Fills.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-06-M-0206
Agency Tracking Number: F061-151-2677
Amount: $99,490.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-151
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
APPLIED COLLOIDS
11080 Industrial Circle NW, Elk River, MN, 55330
DUNS: 032511904
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gary Pozarnsky
 Senior Scientist
 (651) 485-1368
 poz0001@aol.com
Business Contact
 Gary Pozarnsky
Title: President
Phone: (651) 485-1368
Email: poz0001@aol.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The use of carnauba wax in melt/castable explosives yields a insensitive explosive formulation that enhances overall safety for the use of these munitions in the field. However, carnauba wax is only obtained from overseas sources and there is no domestic source for this material. This leads to shortages of material and higher prices. There exists a need for a wax substitute to replace the carnauba wax binder. Applied Colloids proposes the use of a proprietary gelling agent with jojoba and polyalphaolefin waxes to yield high melting point waxes whose new properties will micmic that of carnauba wax. These wax substitutes are inexpensive and are available domestically. This will yield a superior, inexpensive component for use in insensitive explosives.

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