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Engineered Multifunction Surfaces for Fluid Handling

Award Information

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2004 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITE
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive Madison, WI -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Engineered Multifunction Surfaces for Fluid Handling
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNJ04JC46C
Award Amount: $100,000.00


The goal of this proposal is to investigate the applicability of recent advances in plasma manufacturing and material treatment to NASA advanced life support systems. In particular we wish to examine surface treatment, material deposition, and the use of low pressure and atmospheric pressure plasma reactors as methods of creating single-piece multi-function fluid handling surfaces. Phase I will determine the feasibility of modifying existing plasma processes to develop a number of different functionalities directly onto an aluminum or ceramic surface. Plasma deposition techniques will be used to create a hydrophilic and bactericidal surface. Etching and deposition will be used to create temperature sensors directly on a surface. Further investigation of deposition techniques will examine the feasibility of depositing thermoelectric (Pelltier) materials onto surfaces. Finally, a resource utilization analysis will be performed to determine the relative merits of creating an atmospheric pressure plasma reactor directly on a thin surface for the purpose of water purification.

Principal Investigator:

Peter L. Kostka
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Thomas Crabb
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Orbital Technologies Corp
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive Madison, WI 53717

EIN/Tax ID: 391628664
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Research & Sponsored Programs
750 University Ave 4th Floor
Madison, WI 53706
Contact: Diane Barrett
Contact Phone: (608) 262-3822
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university