Low Permeability Polyimide Insulation

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNM05AA55C
Agency Tracking Number: 040634
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: X6.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1901 South Franklin Street, Butte, MT, 59701-0000
DUNS: 166767074
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott Coguill
 Principal Investigator
 (406) 723-2222
 scoguill@resodyn.com
Business Contact
 Lawrence Farrar
Title: Business Official
Phone: (406) 723-2222
Email: lcfarrar@resodyn.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Resodyn Technologies proposes a new technology that enables the application of polyimide based cryogenic insulation with low hydrogen permeability. This effort supports the Vision for U.S. Space Exploration policy and the Exploration Systems Enterprise. This technology will benefit designers of cryogenic fuel tanks envisioned for new Earth-to-Orbit (ETO) Transportation vehicles. Specifically the need exists to reduce the loss of hydrogen through the walls of the proposed carbon/polymer composite cryogenic fuel tanks in order to achieve zero boiloff long-term storage capability. Resodyn Corporation's proposed use of its Thermal Spray Technology will enable the processing of engineered materials, high performance polymers, and high temperature foams that have not been possible to date. One example investigated will be a combination of polyimide micro-balloons in a liquid crystal polymer (LCP) matrix. Also contained in this foam would be a dispersion of reflective glass microspheres. This combination of materials provides insulation, a hydrogen barrier and a thermal radiation barrier. Foam samples will be fabricated and evaluated for physical and mechanical properties including density, compressive and shear strength, permeability, and insulative qualities. This new foam is referred to as Multi-functional Cryogenic Insulation (MCI).

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