NASA SBIR 02-1 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:02- A5.03-7926 (For NASA Use Only - Chron: 024073 )
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Nuclear and Exotic Propulsion
PROPOSAL TITLE: Energetic Materials For Advanced Volume Limited Propulsion Systems Applications

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Proton Aerospace
880 Jupiter Park Drive- Suite 16
Jupiter , FL   33458 - 0000
(561 ) 745 - 8481

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Robert Cavalleri
rjca@protonaerospace.com
880 Jupiter Park Drive- Suite 16
Jupiter , FL   33458 - 0000
(561 ) 745 - 8481

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
Aluminum is a common fuel used in solid propellant formulations. The amount of aluminum used varies from 9%, 18% and as high as 21%. It is a known fact that the smaller the particle size, the more surface area and the higher the burn rate. Recently the manufacture of Ultra Fine Aluminum Particles (UFAP) has been easier to produce. Recent literature on UFAP testing indicates that it has burn rates up to 50% higher than standard aluminum. In addition test data indicates up to 70% higher propellant mass flux. This information forms the basis for developing higher energy density propellants. Not much attention however has been paid to the use of UFAP to replace standard aluminum in solid propellants or to use of the UFAP in hybrid or slurry propellant systems. A key data point in the efficacy of this is that test data shows that the UFAP can be used in a water burning system. The proposed effort will evaluate the use of UFAP in solid, hybrid and liquid slurry propellants.

POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
This technology offers the potential of reduction in propellant weight and the possibility of a attractive water based system that packages very advantageously over that of other storable liquid fuels.

POTENTIAL NASA APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Solid Rocket Propellants, Ultra Fine Aluminum, Hybrid Propellants, Slurry Propellants, Fast Burners, Enviromentally (Green) Sensitive Propellants


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