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Intercalated and Hydrogenated Carbon Nanofibers for Multifunctional Radiation…

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
74191
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
040929
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Applied Sciences, Inc.
141 W. Xenia Ave. PO Box 579 Cedarville, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Intercalated and Hydrogenated Carbon Nanofibers for Multifunctional Radiation Protection
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNA05CQ86C
Award Amount: $69,943.00
 

Abstract:

Improvements in radiation shielding materials are needed to support NASA's human and robotic exploration programs. Shielding for both electromagnetic radiation (gamma and x-rays) and particles (protons and neutrons) are critical. Ideally, the shielding should be part of a multifunctional, structural composite material to maximize mission payload. To meet this need, ASI will develop structural composites enhanced by novel carbon nanofiber (CNF) materials. One version is CNF whose hollow cores are filled with heavy elements for electromagnetic by a novel intercalation technique. Another is hydrogenated CNF for particle shielding. The enhanced CNF will then be included in the resin of a standard carbon fiber reinforced structural composites where they will add radiation blocking functionality and enhance strength properties. In addition, the intercalated nanofibers will be compounded into polyethylene, a known proton absorber, to create a shielding material that simultaneously blocks all relevant forms of radiation. Materials will be tested for gamma, x-ray, and proton shielding, as well as multifunctional structural and electrical properties.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Matuszewski
Principal Investigator
9377662020
matuszewski@apsci.com

Business Contact:

Max L. Lake
President
9377662020
mllake@apsci.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Applied Sciences, Inc.
141 W. Xenia Ave., PO Box 579 Cedarville, OH 45314

EIN/Tax ID: 311089703
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No