Highly Flexible and Extremely Durable Polyimide Cryogenic Insulation

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,442.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX09CE67P
Award Id:
90764
Agency Tracking Number:
085287
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
130 E. Monroe Street, Pennville, IN, 47369
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
129152299
Principal Investigator:
Philip Griffith
Principal Investigator
(260) 731-1450
phil@gftco.com
Business Contact:
Philip Griffith
CEO
(260) 731-1450
phil@gftco.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The proposed innovative insulation would greatly enhance the usability of, and reduce the inherent losses associated with, cryogenic fuel delivery and storage apparatus. The proposed insulation has been tested to yield a thermal conductivity value of 0.019w/mK @ one inch format @ an areal density <1pcf. In addition, the ability of the proposed insulation to remain highly flexible at extreme cryogenic temperatures for extended periods of time is unique. Testing done by KSC on early forms of this material proved its ability to remain flexible in continuous cryogenic applications in outside environments. However, degradation of the foam was observed over extended periods. In this Phase I, GFT proposes to test the hypothesis that it can significantly improve the earlier material's long-term durability through altered synthesis and imidization processes.

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