Lightweight Radiation Shielding Composites for NEM R&E Satellites

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-06ER84635
Agency Tracking Number:
80017S06-I
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
02
Solicitation Number:
DE-FG01-05ER05-28
Small Business Information
Materials Modification, Inc.
2721-D Merrilee Drive, Fairfax, VA, 22031
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Tirumalai Sudarshan
 Dr.
 (703) 560-1371
 sudarshan@matmod.com
Business Contact
 Tirumalai Sudarshan
Title: Dr.
Phone: (703) 560-1371
Email: sudarshan@matmod.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The satellites used to detect and report nuclear activities on earth require the fabrication of novel structural materials that are light and radiation resistant. This project will develop a Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) composite that combines desirable properties ¿ such as thermal robustness, electrical conductivity, and radiation shielding ¿ suitable for use in satellite components such as electromechanical housings and other structural parts. In Phase I, radiation-resistant glass fiber will be synthesized from fly ash, impregnated with electrical conductance enhancers, and combined with a commercial thermoplastic resin, in order to obtain a radiation resistant lightweight structural composite.Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The radiation-shielding composite should be particularly valuable in satellite subsystems, providing performance improvements and component mass reduction

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