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Nanostructured Composites for Space-Bound Housings

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
81085
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
80009S06-I
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place Rockledge, FL 32955-5327
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Nanostructured Composites for Space-Bound Housings
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84633
Award Amount: $99,946.00
 

Abstract:

In satellites designed to monitor nuclear explosions, current electromechanical housings are fabricated from aluminum, which is much heavier than composite materials. Because it costs approximately $10,000 per pound to put an object into space, weight is critical. However, even with the obvious weight advantage, composite materials are not used: their low strength and minimal conductivity render present-day composites unsuitable for electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding. This project will develop carbon-nanotube-based composite materials with much higher thermal and electrical conductivity. With increased conductance and carbon nanotube strength, these advanced composites would be suitable for space-bound housing. Phase I will synthesize carbon nanotubes, combine them in a resin to be hardened, and test the materials for strength and conductance. Phase II will involve further refinement and upward scaling for an eventual space-bound housing structure.Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: Lightweight conductive composites would have obvious use in aviation, where weight is critical. In addition, nearly every fabrication industry seeks to reduce the mass of its products ¿ this new class of carbon nanotube composites would be highly sought

Principal Investigator:

John Meyer
Mr.
3216313550
jam@mainstream-engr.com

Business Contact:

Michael A. Rizzo
Mr.
3216313550
mar@mainstream-engr.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place Rockledge, FL 32955

EIN/Tax ID: 592744408
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No