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Additive Manufacturing (AM) of Thermal Protection Systems (TPSs) Using Preceramic Polymer Resin

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC20C0299
Agency Tracking Number: 205304
Amount: $124,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T12
Solicitation Number: STTR_20_P1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-08-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-09-30
Small Business Information
9063 Bee Caves Road
Austin, TX 78733-6201
United States
DUNS: 625120902
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jitendra Tate
 (512) 245-1826
 jt31@txstate.edu
Business Contact
 Matthew Berry
Title: mberry
Phone: (512) 615-4482
Email: mberry@tri-austin.com
Research Institution
 Texas State University
 
601 University Dr
San Marcos, TX 00000-0000
United States

 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)
Abstract

NASA requires significant advancements to Thermal Protection System (TPS) manufacturing processes to achieve the goals of improved performance, quality, and reduced cost of human-rated spacecraft.nbsp; Advances in additive manufacturing (AM) and high temperature materials provide an opportunity to develop a thermoset resin-based process to reduce the cost and complexity of TPS manufacturing. nbsp;The proposed Phase I effort will develop a high temperature, UV-cured thermoset composite for AM of TPS directly onto spacecraft structures that meets all performance requirements.nbsp; A custom polysiloxane system will be developed for AM TPS structures using an extrusion-based methodology.nbsp; To optimize the new design, test structures will be fabricated, tested, and evaluated to determine the best processing parameters, photoinitiators, additives, and processing temperatures to optimize working life to ensure a 3D printed part with crosslinking between layers. The design process will iteratively account for the interaction between constituent materials, architecture, and process until the design is optimized with respect to performance, weight, and cost.nbsp; The thermal and physical properties of the developed TPS material will be characterized to ensure that the material is sufficiently cured to generate the desired material properties.nbsp;

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