PSI possesses capability in scaling energetics production from a few mg to the kg scale. We have extensive laboratory space dedicated to organic chemical and energetic synthesis, with attendant bench-top reactors, stir plates and analytical equipment. PSI maintains a micropilot facility capability of continuously producing energetic materials at the 100s of g scale. Process development is guided by Aspen Plus Process Simulation Software. We also utilize a broad range of material synthesis technologies including 3D printing and microreactor/microseparator systems.
PSI has significant expertise in the development and synthesis of energetic ingredients. Our capabilities include the fabrication of propellant and explosive formulations and ingredients. Our characterization facilities include a suite of equipment to fully characterize and quantify the properties of the energetic compounds we synthesize.
PSI has a synthesized a wide range of energetic ingredients for various programs including:
- Aluminum Hydride (AlH3)
- ASCENT Monopropellant
- Fine Ammonium Perchlorate (<5mm)
- Novel Explosives/Oxidizers
We have extensive experience producing propellants to support various programs using either a Resodyn acoustic mixer, shear mixer, and 3-D printing techniques. The propellants are produced on the lab scale for propellant formulation characterization and produced on larger scale for engine firings.