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

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd.
WV 1142 Middle Creek Road Triadelphia, WV 26059-1139
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Woman-Owned: No
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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


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

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Elizabeth Kraftician
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Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd.
WV Triadelphia, WV 26059-1139

EIN/Tax ID: 550640717
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No