Nanostructured Composites for Space-Bound Housings

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84633
Agency Tracking Number: 80009S06-I
Amount: $99,946.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: 02
Solicitation Number: DE-FG01-05ER05-28
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place, Rockledge, FL, 32955
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Meyer
 Mr.
 (321) 631-3550
 jam@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Title: Mr.
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Email: mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In satellites designed to monitor nuclear explosions, current electromechanical housings are fabricated from aluminum, which is much heavier than composite materials. Because it costs approximately $10,000 per pound to put an object into space, weight is critical. However, even with the obvious weight advantage, composite materials are not used: their low strength and minimal conductivity render present-day composites unsuitable for electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding. This project will develop carbon-nanotube-based composite materials with much higher thermal and electrical conductivity. With increased conductance and carbon nanotube strength, these advanced composites would be suitable for space-bound housing. Phase I will synthesize carbon nanotubes, combine them in a resin to be hardened, and test the materials for strength and conductance. Phase II will involve further refinement and upward scaling for an eventual space-bound housing structure.Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: Lightweight conductive composites would have obvious use in aviation, where weight is critical. In addition, nearly every fabrication industry seeks to reduce the mass of its products ¿ this new class of carbon nanotube composites would be highly sought

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