Titanium Foam for Hydrogen Storage Container

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84572
Agency Tracking Number: 81281S06-I
Amount: $99,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: 20
Solicitation Number: DE-FG01-05ER05-28
Small Business Information
24112 Rockwell Drive, Euclid, OH, 44117
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Asit B Biswas
 (216) 404-0053
Business Contact
 Andrew Sherman
Title: Mr.
Phone: (216) 404-0053
Email: ajsherman@powdermetinc.com
Research Institution
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

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