Novel Fluorine-Containing Rocket Propellant components

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


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Fluorochem, Inc.
680 S. Ayon Ave.
Azusa, CA 91702
Principal Investigator


The objective of this program is to synthesize routes a new fluorine-containing propellant component for solid rocket propellants which will lead to increased impulse density, long service life (> 20 years), increased specific impulse (Isp) relative to state-of-the-art propellants, and support a 1.3 hazard classification and insensitive munitions compliance. The addition of fluorine-containing components to propellants generally results in increased density, and if the fluorine is attached to nitrogen, increased energy performance. To obtain the benefits of fluorine without decreasing oxidation balance, it is generally advantageous to design components also containing an energetic oxygen source, such as nitro groups.