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Titanium Foam for Hydrogen Storage Container

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Department of Energy
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Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Powdermet Inc.
24112 Rockwell Drive Euclid, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Titanium Foam for Hydrogen Storage Container
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84572
Award Amount: $99,997.00


To support the use of hydrogen in transportation applications, a light weight, robust hydrogen storage tank is necessary for use on board vehicles, at refueling stations, and on a hydrogen transport truck. The current fabrication process for hydrogen tanks ¿ winding fibers on a mandrel, followed by epoxy infiltration and curing ¿ is a time consuming, expensive process and is comprised of flaws. This project will develop a rapid hydrogen tank fabrication process, using low conductivity titanium foam in a hydrogen-comatible aluminum sandwich panel. The resulting titanium composite will provide lower conductivity and improved structural efficiency over current structural materials, without the limitations of alternate honeycomb-core sandwich structures. Phase I will demonstrate the fabrication of syntactic titanium foam using titanium-hydride-encapsulated ceramic micro-spheres. The sandwich panel will be constructed by using liquid interface diffusion to attach the hydrogen-compatible aluminum face sheet. The step-by-step rapid fabrication process for hydrogen tank construction will be demonstrated. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: Aside from the hydrogen tank application, other applications for the light weight sandwich panels include airframes, spacecraft, sporting equipment, robotics, medical implants, filters, and noise suppression structures

Principal Investigator:

Asit B Biswas

Business Contact:

Andrew J. Sherman
Small Business Information at Submission:

Powdermet, Inc.
24112 Rockwell Drive Euclid, OH 44117

EIN/Tax ID: 954616398
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No