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Net Shape Molding of Monolithic Complex-shaped Damage-Tolerant Cryo-Insulators

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
124801
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
H2.01
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Applied Analytic Research
929 South High Street, Suite 188 West Chester, PA 19382-5466
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Net Shape Molding of Monolithic Complex-shaped Damage-Tolerant Cryo-Insulators
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX13CC31P
Award Amount: $118,217.00
 

Abstract:

Passive thermal control of cryogenic systems using foam insulations can help achieve Zero Boil-Off (ZBO). There is as much thermal energy transferred to Cryo tanks during the ascent phase as there is during 6 days of orbital operations using MLIs.Spray on Foam Insulation (SOFI) still suffers from drawbacks both at chemistry and interfacial (bonding) levels. Currently, strong lightweight polymeric foam insulators cannot be (net shape) molded into larger complex shapes, using commercial foaming practices. The proposed Phase 1 research studies feasibility of an inventive (unprecedented) combination of processing and "green" foaming agents to "net-shape" mold low density robust (damage/MMOD tolerant) polymeric insulation foams into "monolithic" complex shapes (such as spherical or cylindrical shells, valve fittings). These can protect polymer matrix composite (PMC) tanks (such as COPVs) against external damages, hence enabling reliable, reusable cryogenic storage designs.An added advantage of this invention is the "clean" decomposition of the blowing agent and development of an environmentally "green" insulative "net-shape" foaming technology.

Principal Investigator:

Ray R. Armat
Principal Investigator
6103881264
rarmat@appliedanalytic.com

Business Contact:

Rita Funchion
Business Official
6103881264
President@appliedanalytic.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Applied Analytic Research
929 South High Street, Suite 188 West Chester, PA 19382-5466

EIN/Tax ID: 680655334
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No