Nanostructured Composites for Space-Bound Housings

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,946.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-06ER84633
Agency Tracking Number:
80009S06-I
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place, Rockledge, FL, 32955
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
John Meyer
Mr.
(321) 631-3550
jam@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact:
Michael Rizzo
Mr.
(321) 631-3550
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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