Novel Fluorine-Containing Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) Propellant Component

Period of Performance: 05/07/2012 - 03/08/2013


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

NALAS Engineering Services Inc.
85 Westbrook Road Array
Centerbrook, CT 06409
Principal Investigator


NALAS proposes to address the challenge for novel fluorine-containing propellant components with a 3-fold approach: 1. Synthesize a fluorinated analog of BTTN as novel fluorinated plasticizer. 2. Prepare fluorinated analogs of hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB). 3. Prepare a novel fluorinated energetic polymer via the functionalization of polyepichlorohydrin (PECH-triol) with the fluorodinitroethanol (FDNE) motif. NALAS believes that this approach will enable direct comparison of the properties with materials that are well-established in the energetic community. Fluoro-BTTN and fluorinated HTPB have the potential to offer the desired benefits while conserving the physical properties of the original compounds. In parallel, a novel energetic polymer containing fluorine atoms has never been prepared to our knowledge and could offer promising properties and spur further research in this field.