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: $749,963.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: 02
Solicitation Number: DE-FG01-05ER05-28
Small Business Information
200 Yellow Place, Rockledge, FL, 32955
DUNS: 175302577
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
Current satellites used to monitor nuclear explosions carry excessive weight, and successful weight reduction would result in decreased launch costs and increased maneuverability in space. This project will develop nanostructured carbon composites to substitute for existing metals without compromising the necessary electrical and thermal conductivity properties. Phase I experimentally examined the benefits of incorporating conductive and strength-enhancing carbon nanofibers into aerospace grade resins. Physical tests indicated that the nanofibers significantly improved tensile strength and electrical/thermal conductivity. These nanostructured resins can be utilized to create composite structures and used in satellites where electricity and heat must to be dissipated to protect equipment. Phase II will further develop this technology to ensure it is suitable for a lamination and manufacturing process. Further testing and optimization will be performed to guarantee the best combination of nanofibers, resin, carbon cloth, and molding process. The final product will be a prototype, space-bound housing made of stronger and thermally/electrically conductive composites, which will be approximately 40% lighter than aluminum. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The new composite should benefit the commercial- and military-based aerospace industry for which improved fuel consumption is imperative. Direct substitution of metallic elements within the aircraft with lightweight composites would result in substantial realized fuel savings.

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