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FLIGHT WEIGHT MAGNETS USING CARBON NANOTUBES

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
56546
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
013089
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
LYTEC LLC
1940 ELK RIVER DAM ROAD, P.O. BOX 1581 TULLAHOMA, TN 37388 0158
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: FLIGHT WEIGHT MAGNETS USING CARBON NANOTUBES
Agency: NASA
Contract: NAS8-02102
Award Amount: $599,999.00
 

Abstract:

The motivation for the Phase I effort to use carbon nanotubes for application to magnets in space was based on published reports that their current carrying capacity was 10,000 times that of other superconductors and that their mechanical strength was 100 times that of steel on a mass basis. In phase I, we investigated the properties of this amazing new material and concluded the original premise was substantially correct, although some details remain to be investigated and a whole new suite of tools and machinery are required. In Phase II, we are proposing to advance this technology to the point of winding a nanotube magnet coil, testing it and delivering it to NASA/MSFC. The main thrusts of the program include some more definitive measurements of superconducting properties as a function of temperature, magnetic field and mechanical strain. In parallel efforts, tools will be developed to wind the carbon nanotube coils, attach electrical leads to them and test their performance. We will update the conceptual design for a NASA magnet for an MHD disk generator using carbon nanotube conductors and perform sufficient economic analyses to determine the economic feasibility of this application of carbon nanotubes.

Principal Investigator:

James N. Chapman
Principal Investigator
9313934500
jchapman@cafes.net

Business Contact:

John Lineberry
Business Official
9313934500
jlberry@edge.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

LYTEC LLC
1940 ELK RIVER DAM ROAD, P.O. BOX 1581 TULLAHOMA, TN 37388

EIN/Tax ID: 621777941
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No