Sialyte(TM)-Based Composite Pressure Vessels for Extreme Environments

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNC05CA72C
Agency Tracking Number: 040785
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: S4.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Cornerstone Research Group Inc
2750 Indian Ripple Road, Dayton, OH, 45440-3325
DUNS: 130020209
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Benjamin Dietsch
 Principal Investigator
 (937) 320-1877
Business Contact
 Patrick Hood
Title: President
Phone: (937) 320-1877
Research Institution
While traveling to Venus, electronics and instruments go through enormous pressure, temperature, and atmospheric environment changes. In the past, this has caused problems with the life expectancy of electronics and instruments. Cornerstone Research Group, CRG, proposes to develop a Sialyte(TM)-based composite pressure vessel to perform in such extreme environments. Sialyte(TM) is an inorganic resin that can operate at high temperatures and pressures and can prevent buckling when used as a sandwich structure core (good compressive strengths). Sialyte(TM) has thermal properties similar to a ceramic material, yet processing characteristics like an organic polymer. Sialyte(TM) is also resistant to many chemicals. CRG previously developed this material and is currently using it for structural and protective applications. By using Sialyte(TM) in combination with Nextel(TM) ceramic fabric, CRG can fabricate a filament wound structure using conventional composite manufacturing processes that will perform in extreme environments. The use of filament winding for fabrication will allow for many possible design options in an affordable manner. A Sialyte(TM)-based composite pressure vessel tank will not only meet but exceed NASA's requirements for a pressure vessel for extreme environments.

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