Moisture-Resistant TPS Materials

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$69,999.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NNK04OA16C
Solitcitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2004
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
034585
Solicitation Topic Code:
F1.01
Small Business Information
Powdermet Inc.
24112 Rockwell Drive, Euclid, OH, 44117-1252
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
175863463
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Sherman
 Principal Investigator
 (216) 404-0053
 ajsherman@powdermetinc.com
Business Contact
 Andrew Sherman
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (216) 404-0053
Email: ajsherman@powdermetinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The proposed NASA Phase I SBIR will generate closed-cell foam thermal protection system materials which do not need waterproofing, and which can be applied as a coating to replace impregnation densification processes and which can potentially protect critical structural elements from penetration of hot reentry gases in the event of damage to the external insulation. Specifically, the program will demonstrate preceramic-polymer derived syntactic foams and plasma sprayed syntactic foam coatings which can survive exposures to 2500 F erosive gases while being waterproof and able to withstand high pressure water-jet cleaning processes. The proposed foams and low density TBC?s could replace a portion of the foam insulation on the SRB and external tank, as well as providing a backup TBC to protect space transportation system structures in the event of localized insulation failure.

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