USA flag logo/image

An Official Website of the United States Government

"EROSION- AND OXIDATION- RESISTANT PROTECTIVE COATING FOR POLYIMIDE SHEETING"

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
10496
Program Year/Program:
1989 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
10496
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Midwest Research
180 North Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005
View profile »
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1989
Title: "EROSION- AND OXIDATION- RESISTANT PROTECTIVE COATING FOR POLYIMIDE SHEETING"
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,940.00
 

Abstract:

POLYIMIDE MATERIALS, NOTABLY KAPTON, FIND USE IN THE OUTER COVERINGS OF SPACE VEHICLES FOR PURPOSES SUCH AS THERMAL INSULATION. WHILE EXPOSED TO THE RAM ATOMIC OXYGEN PRESENT IN A LOW-EARTH ORBITAL ENVIRONMENT, THE KAPTON UNDER-GOES A DEGRADATION PROCESS. IT HAS ALREADY BEEN FOUND THAT A COATING OF SILICON OXIDE OR ALUMINUM OXIDE OVER THE KAPTON GREATLY EXTENDS ITS SERVICE LIFE DURING THIS EXPOSURE TO OXYGEN. HOWEVER, THE OXIDE COATINGS ARE BRITTLE AND SUBJECTTO CRACKING. IT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS RESEARCH TO DEVELOP A COATING WITH THE DESIRABLE PROTECTIVE PROPERTIES OF THE EARLIER FILMS, BUT WHICH ARE ALSO MUCH MORE CRACK-RESISTANT. SECONDARILY, IT WOULD ALSO BE DESIRABLE FOR THIS NEW FILM TO BE UV-OPAQUE, SINCE UV RADIATION ALSO CHEMICALLY DEGRADES KAPTON.

Principal Investigator:

Norman A Draeger Ph D
0

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Midwest Research Microscopy
5510 W Florist Ave Milwaukee, WI 53218

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