Advanced High Performance Mono-Propellant and Bi-Propellant Liquids for Insensitive Munition Complaint Interceptor Systems

Period of Performance: 03/29/2016 - 03/28/2018

$991K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Physical Sciences, Inc.
ANDOVER, MA 01810
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Physical Sciences Inc. proposes to develop and demonstrate a scale-up process for a unique insensitive munition (IM) compliant, high performance, green storable liquid propellant. This new propellant formulation can be treated as a monopropellant or as a bipropellant system with predicted specific impulse and density specific impulses exceeding Nitrogen Tetroxide/Monomethyl Hydrazine (NTO/MMH) performance. The liquid propellant enables the development of high performance pump and / or pressure fed systems for advanced interceptor propulsion systems while simultaneously reducing handling operations as compared to current state-of-art. In Phase II, we will build on the Phase I success to develop a scalable mixing process that is affordable and easy to implement at the industrial scale. We will characterize the efficacy of the liquid propellant as a function of quantity produced to ensure processing, combustion, IM, and engine performance reliability. The results generated in Phase II will ensure realistic system level design architecture of the interceptor vehicle and its propulsion system within operational mission requirements for implementation in Phase III. (Approved for Public Release 15-MDA-8482 (17November 15))