Novel High Density Structural Reactive Materials

Period of Performance: 10/27/2008 - 03/27/2009


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Matsys, Inc.
45490 Ruritan Circle Array
Sterling, VA 20164
Principal Investigator


Materials and Manufacturing Systems, Inc. (MATSYS) proposes to develop novel high density, high strength, and highly reactive materials for the enhancement of munitions lethality. This effort will combine our unique expertise in instrumented-Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) with new approaches in powder blend design to develop a new generation of cost-efficient, high strength and highly reactive materials. The proposed material system will have a blend of three elemental and compound powders. The powder blend will be consolidated to full density to maximize the mechanical properties, and below the reaction temperature to preserve the energy for release upon demand. The existence of three different powders will allow for tailoring of mechanical and reactive properties of the composite by varying the volume fraction of each element, and adjusting the particle size. MATSYS high temperature sensor for real-time monitoring of HIP combined with our consolidation models will enable rapid characterization of densification of powder mixtures, optimization of mixtures of interest, and insertion of this new class of materials. MATSYS will demonstrate the versatility of the approach by fabricating fully dense, high strength and highly reactive materials that will enhance the munitions lethality by releasing a large amount of exothermal heat upon target impact.