Lightweight Tankage Materials for Military Space Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 41004
Amount: $99,927.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1998
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1004 River Rock Dr., Folsom, CA, 95630
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Wilson
 (916) 989-4812
Business Contact
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Research Institution
The current status of the technology being developed for linerless cryogenic storage tanks by the Wilson Composite Group, inc. utilizes a toughened epoxy resin. This resin requires pressure application during the cure cycle and use of an autoclave. Since large size autoclaves are limited in availability, this program will select and test under cryogenic conditions alternate materials which do not require autoclave pressure curing. These materials will be selected from available candidates from composites industry suppliers. Permeability/leakage tests will be conducted on composite coupons, using liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen. In addition to evaluating the cryogenic capability of these resin systems, the compatibility of the resins with potential manufacturing processes, primarily filament winding, for linerless tankage will be evaluated. The result of the program will be a selection of at least three potential materials for use in linerless tankage technology. Selected test samples will be manufactured for evaluation to confirm the coupon tests for selected materials.

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