Titanium Foam for Hydrogen Storage Container

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,997.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-06ER84572
Award Id:
80856
Agency Tracking Number:
81281S06-I
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
24112 Rockwell Drive, Euclid, OH, 44117
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Asit B Biswas
Mr.
(216) 404-0053
asitruma@att.net
Business Contact:
Andrew Sherman
Mr.
(216) 404-0053
ajsherman@powdermetinc.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
To support the use of hydrogen in transportation applications, a light weight, robust hydrogen storage tank is necessary for use on board vehicles, at refueling stations, and on a hydrogen transport truck. The current fabrication process for hydrogen tanks ¿ winding fibers on a mandrel, followed by epoxy infiltration and curing ¿ is a time consuming, expensive process and is comprised of flaws. This project will develop a rapid hydrogen tank fabrication process, using low conductivity titanium foam in a hydrogen-comatible aluminum sandwich panel. The resulting titanium composite will provide lower conductivity and improved structural efficiency over current structural materials, without the limitations of alternate honeycomb-core sandwich structures. Phase I will demonstrate the fabrication of syntactic titanium foam using titanium-hydride-encapsulated ceramic micro-spheres. The sandwich panel will be constructed by using liquid interface diffusion to attach the hydrogen-compatible aluminum face sheet. The step-by-step rapid fabrication process for hydrogen tank construction will be demonstrated. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: Aside from the hydrogen tank application, other applications for the light weight sandwich panels include airframes, spacecraft, sporting equipment, robotics, medical implants, filters, and noise suppression structures

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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