Sprayable Thermal Insulation for Cryogenic Tanks

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNM06AA54C
Agency Tracking Number: 055017
Amount: $69,753.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: X3.03
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Aspen Aerogels, Inc.
30 Forbes Road, Building B, Northborough, MA, 01532-2501
DUNS: 012924069
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Danny Ou
 Principal Investigator
 (508) 466-3181
 dou@aerogel.com
Business Contact
 Heather Crouse
Title: Business Official
Phone: (508) 691-1161
Email: hcrouse@aerogel.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The innovation addressed in this proposal is Sprayable Thermal Insulation for Cryogenic Tanks, or STICT. This novel system could be applied in either an automated or manual spraying process, with much less sensitivity to process chemistry and environmental parameters than cur-rent spray-on foam insulation (SOFI) products like BX-265, while providing better insulation performance. The resulting material would form an aerodynamically smooth, uniform coating with better cohesion and significantly lower thermal conductivity. This would allow thinner layers of insulation which, when combined with greater material strain-to-failure, will eliminate the generation of in-flight debris. In this way, the proposed CryoGel insulation can render future space transportation systems safer and more reliable.

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