Smokeless Substitutes Research

Smokeless Substitutes Research

Contract value:£10,000 – £113,000. DSTL.

Smokeless Substitutes V2

Reference number: R1000072073 V2

Deadline date:11/09/2012

This deadline is for… Deadline for Expression of Interest

Contract value:£10,000 – £113,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and North Somerset Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area,

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? No

Name of the buying organisation: DSTL

 

Description of the contract

TASK 1: The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) requires a survey to be conducted to identify smokeless substitutes for SMP primed cambric. To do this the successful Contractor is to synthesise or procure up to five lab-scale samples and evaluate performance in terms of gas produced, heat (flame) generated and absence of smoke. The samples being assessed should include polyether polyurethane foam as the substrate for a pyrotechnic coating and should take into account ease of manufacture on a large scale. To support the above work, the successful Contractor should be capable of performing the following activities: • Measuring the peak pressure and time to peak pressure (rate of gas produced) of the burning smokeless cambric compared to standard SMP primed cambric. • Performing basic safety tests such as Mallet Friction Testing in accordance with Energetic Materials Testing & Assessment Policy Committee Manual of Tests, Volume 1, Issue 4, Nov 2007 (EMTAP TESTING) and Defence Standard 13-129, Part Two – Sensitiveness Characteristics, Mallet Friction Test (SCC Test No. 2). Developed energetic materials should not be rated, according to Mallet Friction Test, any higher than Sensitive. • Designing and constructing test devices to assess materials performance if required. TASK 2: The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) requires a survey to be conducted to identify a smokeless, large heat generating pyrotechnic priming composition (first prime). To do this the successful Contractor is to synthesise or procure up to five lab-scale samples and evaluate performance in terms of fuze train propagation, absence of smoke and ease of pick-up from smokeless primed cambric developed in TASK 1. Consideration should also be given to manufacture on a large scale and its ease of application. To support the above work, the successful Contractor should be capable of performing the following activities: • Performing basic safety tests such as Mallet Friction Testing in accordance with Energetic Materials Testing & Assessment Policy Committee Manual of Tests, Volume 1, Issue 4, Nov 2007 (EMTAP TESTING) and Defence Standard 13-129, Part Two – Sensitiveness Characteristics, Mallet Friction Test (SCC Test No. 2). Developed energetic materials should not be rated, according to Mallet Friction Test, any higher than Sensitive. • Designing and constructing test devices to assess materials performance if required.

 

Documents

Classification of the contract

73110000 Research services

 

Additional information

Contract type: Services – 8

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 31/10/2012 – 31/10/2013

 

Who to contact

Contact name Miss Sophie Stent

Organisation name DSTL, DSTL

Address Porton Down, Salisbury, SP4 OJQ

Telephone 01980616275

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How to apply

The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs).However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement,and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender.