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Advanced Structural Nanomaterials for Astronaut Radiation Protection

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
74197
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
040685
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ZYVEX Corporation
1321 N. Plano Road Richardson, TX 75081-0242
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Advanced Structural Nanomaterials for Astronaut Radiation Protection
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNM06AA77C
Award Amount: $596,645.00
 

Abstract:

Zyvex in cooperation with Prairie View A&M (CARR) and Boeing will develop a space radiation shielding multi-functional material that will provide high energy radiation shielding required to protect astronauts on extended missions, strong enough to be used as an integral structural material and tough enough to survive micro-meteor impacts, provide EMI shielding, and enhanced thermal conductivity. The team will also develop an improved protocol for testing radiation shielding material. This effort will entail developing a composite material which uses proven radiation shielding material Polyethylene(PE), as its primary constituent in the form of very strong/tough Spectra fibers woven into a 3D fabric. In Phase 1 we demonstrated that, compared to bulk PE, this composite approach has significantly improved mechanical properties, excellent electrical conductivity, good Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI) shielding properties, and maintains excellent space radiation shielding properties of PE. We also demonstrated exposure to large doses of high energy actually improved the mechanical properties. In Phase II, the epoxy matrix used in Phase I will be considered along with Cyanate Esters, and Polyimides, As in Phase I, coating the PE fabric and reinforcing the matrix material will be ultra-high strength, highly conductive carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Zyvex's unique and commercially successful CNT processing technology will be adapted to maximize the transfer of the extraordinary mechanic

Principal Investigator:

Gobinath Balasubramaniyam
Principal Investigator
9722357881
gbala@zyvex.com

Business Contact:

Sha-Chelle D. Manning
Business Official
9722357881
shachelle@zyvex.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ZYVEX Corporation
1321 N. Plano Road Richardson, TX 75081

EIN/Tax ID: 752704600
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No