Cryo-composite Tank for HyperBAT

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0578
Agency Tracking Number: 09SB1-0245
Amount: $98,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB091-013
Solicitation Number: 2009.1
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-07-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-03-08
Small Business Information
2212 Harton Blvd, Tullahoma, TN, 37388
DUNS: 144158677
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Zachary Taylor
 (951) 304-4086
Business Contact
 Paul Gloyer
Title: President
Phone: (931) 393-5108
Research Institution
To achieve the high propellant mass fraction (PMF) required by future high energy propulsion systems, light-weight propellant tanks are essential. GTL’s Supra-tanks™ can approach the theoretical performance limit for carbon fiber pressure vessels using cryogenic or room-temperature propellants. By combining the Blended Hybrid Laminate™ (BHL™) technology with aspects of the Highly Integrated Modular Structure™ (HIMS™) 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.

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