Solid State Hypergolic Chemical Leak Detector

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$399,977.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W9113M-08-C-0159
Agency Tracking Number:
B063-039-0121
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA06-039
Solicitation Number:
2006.3
Small Business Information
APPLIED NANOTECH, INC.
3006 Longhorn Blvd., Suite 107, Austin, TX, 78758
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
013475129
Principal Investigator
 Jamie Novak
 Scientist
 (512) 339-5020
 jnovak@appliednanotech.net
Business Contact
 Andy Gatlin
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (512) 339-5020
Email: agatlin@appliednanotech.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The overall objective of the two phase SBIR program is to develop a hypergolic leak detector (HLD) that can be mounted on the outside of a missile canister which is able to detect rapid changes in concentration that signal leaks of hypergolic rocket fuels and oxidizers. In Phase I Applied Nanotech, Inc. (ANI) established that a solid state gated metal oxide sensors was sufficiently sensitive to ppm level changes in MMH and MON in an enclosed space to enable rapid, accurate, and reliable hypergolic leak detection. However the MMH sensing components developed in Phase I were not sufficiently resistant to the aggressive character of the analyte, demonstrating the need for hydrazine etch-resistant materials. In Phase II ANI will develop etch resistant metal nitrides as sensing elements and conduct sensor testing with hydrazine. The sensing elements will be incorporated into a complete packaged sensor module with power supply, microprocessor controller, programmable sensing and response algorithm. A working model will be supplied to MDA program management.

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