Cryo-composite Tank for HyperBAT

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,998.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-09-C-0578
Award Id:
91903
Agency Tracking Number:
09SB1-0245
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2212 Harton Blvd, Tullahoma, TN, 37388
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
144158677
Principal Investigator:
Zachary Taylor
Vice-President
(951) 304-4086
zachary.taylor@gtlcompany.com
Business Contact:
Paul Gloyer
President
(931) 393-5108
paul.gloyer@gtlcompany.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
To achieve the high propellant mass fraction (PMF) required by future high energy propulsion systems, light-weight propellant tanks are essential. GTL's Supra-tanksT can approach the theoretical performance limit for carbon fiber pressure vessels using cryogenic or room-temperature propellants. By combining the Blended Hybrid LaminateT (BHLT) technology with aspects of the Highly Integrated Modular StructureT (HIMST) technology, the performance of cryogenic pressure vessels can be reduced to far less than 1.0 lbm/ft3 with an extremely high cycle life, even at relatively small sizes. GTL proposes to demonstrate the Supra-tank developing the HyperBAT (Hypersonic Ballistic Transport) technology demonstration vehicle. The HyperBAT is a small scalable stage designed to carry a 100 lbm payload with an ideal velocity change of 25,000 fps. This reusable vehicle is designed to accommodate a series of upgrades to demonstrate a series of technologies before incorporation into an optimized operational system. In the Phase I effort, GTL proposes to fabricate subscale pressure vessels using the BHL technology. These units will be subjected to repeated cryo-pressure cycling to verify the capabilities of the technology. Based on these results, GTL will develop the preliminary design of a full-scale tank for the HyperBAT demonstration vehicle.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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