A Lightweight, Structural Foam with Fire, Thermal, Noise and Impact Protection

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,994.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
990972
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Touchstone Research Laboratory
The Millenium Centre, Box 100B, Triadelphia, WV, 26059
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Darren Ph.D.
Project Manager
() -
dkr@trl.com
Business Contact:
Brian Joseph
President
(304) 547-5800
bej@trl.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
NASA is interested in innovative manufacturing methods and materials that will significantly reduce the cost and weight of general aviation aircraft, while improving cabin comfort and crash-worthiness. Energy absorption, in the form of projectile impact and crash protection, and fire resistance are major safety benefits, and noise reduction is a serious comfort consideration. Several engineering materials offer very attractive specific mechanical properties (the ratio of properties to the density of the material). But a material being developed by Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd. of Triadelphia, WV, is unique in its combination of these properties with fire resistance, impact resistance/energy absorption, and the potential for large-scale, low-cost manufacture with relatively simple processing equipment. It is a lightweight foam made by the thermal decomposition of petroleum or coal precursors. Shown in the figures below, it can be fabricated in a variety of densities and cell structures to meet the weight, mechanical, and energy absorption requirements of a given application. Carbon foam offers the aviation industry a lightweight, structural material with superior energy and thermal-absorbing properties and enhanced fire protection.

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