Highly Flexible and Extremely Durable Polyimide Cryogenic Insulation

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$99,442.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NNX09CE67P
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2009
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
085287
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
GFT, LLC
130 E. Monroe Street, Pennville, IN, 47369
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
129152299
Principal Investigator
 Philip Griffith
 Principal Investigator
 (260) 731-1450
 phil@gftco.com
Business Contact
 Philip Griffith
Title: CEO
Phone: (260) 731-1450
Email: 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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