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Design Tool for Highly Accurate Shape and Structural Evaluation of Space Antennas and Structures made with Tailorable Composites - SMART

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC22PB069
Agency Tracking Number: 221295
Amount: $149,864.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T12
Solicitation Number: STTR_22_P1
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-07-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-08-25
Small Business Information
15181 Woodlawn Avenue
Tustin, CA 92780-6487
United States
DUNS: 076084490
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Linden Bolisay
 (714) 259-0771
Business Contact
 Larry Beebe
Phone: (714) 259-0771
Research Institution
 University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #305250
Denton, TX 76203-5017
United States

 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)

For structures used in space communications (e.g., antennas) and structural support (e.g., booms and trusses for solar arrays), it is extremely important to have the ability to predict their deployed shape and structural behavior after they have been stowed for weeks or even months prior to launch.nbsp; For the STTR proposal to NASA, Lrsquo;Garde and the University of North Texas (UNT) will develop a design tool for the prediction of the material properties of tailorable composites used in space structural systems, as well as the accurate prediction of their structural and shape behavior, initially focusing on antennas made from membrane surfaces of revolution, e.g., membrane paraboloid with stiffening radial ribs and outer perimeter toroidal ring support. The design tool proposed will enable prediction of the materials properties from the percentage constituents of its elements.nbsp;For the Phase I STTR, Lrsquo;Garde and UNT will collaborate in developing the framework of a design tool that will accurately predict the structural properties and resulting on-orbit surface shape of a ldquo;design referencerdquo; hybrid antenna that consists of shape memory alloy (SMA) or shape memory composite (SMC) material and membranous RF reflective surface.nbsp; For a non-inflated antenna configuration, the radial antenna ribs made of SMA dictate the final surface shape accuracy and hence, it is very critical to have a design tool that can be used to determine the material stiffness, geometric and other structural characteristics ndash; before and after stowage.nbsp; The design tool developed will also be applicable to other hybrid geometries including space frames and hinge deployers for solar arrays.nbsp; Both one-way and two-way SMAs will be investigated.nbsp;

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