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Aluminum-Lithium Alloy 2050 for Reduced-Weight, Increased-Stiffness Space…

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
105608
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
X5.02
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd.
The Millennium Centre, 1142 Middle Creek Road Triadelphia, WV -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Aluminum-Lithium Alloy 2050 for Reduced-Weight, Increased-Stiffness Space Structures
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CH12P
Award Amount: $99,996.00
 

Abstract:

Touchstone Research Laboratory, along with Alcan Rolled ProductsÂ? Ravenswood WV, has identified the Aluminum-Lithium Alloy 2050 as a potentially game-changing material replacement for current space structural alloys such as Aluminum-Lithium alloy 2195. AA2050 is available in significantly thicker plate gauges than AA2195 and, as a result, can be machined orformed into ribs, stringers or other types of stiffened structures that have increased stiffness and as a result provide overall structural weight savings potential of approximately 15 to 20%. The AA2050, however, needs more development work and understanding in the area of cryogenic material properties, joining, and design potential to be considered for NASA mission vehicles. Touchstone is proposing a Phase I effort to do cryogenic characterization testing, concept design, and computational modeling and analysis to demonstrate the feasibility of using AA2050 for increased-stiffness, reduced-weight space structures.

Principal Investigator:

Jesse M. Blacker
Principal Investigator
3045475800
jmb@trl.com

Business Contact:

Elizabeth Kraftician
Business Official
3045475800
jrj@trl.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd.
The Millennium Centre, 1142 Middle Creek Road Triadelphia, WV -

EIN/Tax ID: 550640717
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No