Accelerated Testing of High Temperature Permanent Magnets for Spacecraft Propulsion

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$69,998.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNC06CA88C
Agency Tracking Number:
053756
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
X7.03
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Electron Energy Corporation
924 Links Avenue, Landisville, PA, 17538-1615
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
056771686
Principal Investigator
 Jinfang Liu
 Principal Investigator
 (717) 898-2294
 jfl@electronenergy.com
Business Contact
 Peter Dent
Title: Director of Sales & Marketing
Phone: (717) 898-2294
Email: pcd@electronenergy.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
High temperature permanent magnet materials play an important role in NASA's space missions in electric propulsion, energy generation and storage and other applications. We propose to devise accelerated testing methods to test and predict the service life of SmCo based ultra high temperature permanent magnets in a high vacuum environment at high temperatures in excess of 400 degrees C. The proposed research will enable designers to appropriately design and use high temperature permanent magnets to optimize their performance. The proposed efforts will measure outgassing rates through total mass loss methods based on ASTM standards at temperatures from 300 to 700 degrees C at vacuum levels of 10 exp-5 Torr or higher. The microstructure and chemical composition variations at the near-interface region after exposure to high vacuum and high temperatures will be analyzed with scanning electron microscopy and auger electron spectroscopy or energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Magnetic properties will be measured and modeled with finite element analysis. These methods will enable prediction of reliability and performance of high temperature magnets over long space missions through short-term test methods.

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