You are here

Additively- Manufactured, Net-Shape Adsorbent Beds for Carbon Dioxide Removal

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC21C0184
Agency Tracking Number: 211771
Amount: $131,497.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H3
Solicitation Number: SBIR_21_P1
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-05-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-11-19
Small Business Information
421 Wakara Way, Suite 210
Salt Lake City, UT 84108-3546
United States
DUNS: 828133939
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jim Steppan
 (801) 750-4928
Business Contact
 Balakrishnan Nair
Phone: (801) 897-1221
Research Institution

This proposal addresses NASArsquo;s 2021 solicitation Focus Area 6: Life Support and Habitation Systems, Topic Number H3.05 Additive Manufacturing for Adsorbent Bed Fabrication. Current and future human space exploration missions require an optimized air revitalization system (ARS) that can reduce the system mass, volume, and power, and increase reliability.nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; The ARS systems contains a Carbon Dioxide Reduction Assembly that is adsorbent-based and its performance is limited because COTS sorbent powder materials are used. NASA is interested in new materials and processes that will develop improved 3D-printing processes and paste formulations to increase the technology readiness level (TRL) of 3D-printing or robocasting processes for producing net-shape, monolithic sorbent beds as drop-in replacements for packed sorbent beds such as those in the CDRA. The HiFunda/PADT team is proposing to design hierarchical (meso, macro, micro porosity) zeolite-based, monolithic adsorbent beds for CO2 removal that will be 3D-printed using an aluminosilicate (geopolymer) to bind commercially-available zeolite particles together (3DZeoGeo zeolite paste material and 3D-printing process). The aluminosilicate binder will be cured in situ via chemical reaction that is accelerated by the laser thermal treatment.nbsp; The 3D-printed monolithic zeolite adsorbent bed will be a drop-in replacement for the existing powder bed with improved mass transfer, heat transfer, mechanical robustness properties.nbsp; nbsp;nbsp;In Phase I, the HiFunda/PADT team will develop and demonstrate robustness and performance of its 3DZeoGeo zeolite paste material and 3D-printing process in a proof-of-concept monolithic adsorbent test vehicle (POC-ATV) that will be tested and characterized for CO2 removal performance, pressure drop, and mechanical strength. The proposed technology will be further refined and demonstrated on an ATV design of interest to NASA and/or aerospace contractors in Phase II.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government