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
Award Id:
81088
Agency Tracking Number:
80017S06-I
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2721-D Merrilee Drive, Fairfax, VA, 22031
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Tirumalai Sudarshan
Dr.
(703) 560-1371
sudarshan@matmod.com
Business Contact:
Tirumalai Sudarshan
Dr.
(703) 560-1371
sudarshan@matmod.com
Research Institute:
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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