Aerogel Insulation to Support Cryogenic Technologies

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$600,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNK06OM07C
Agency Tracking Number:
042186
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
X6.08
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Aspen Aerogels, Inc.
30 Forbes Road, Building B, Northborough, MA, 01532-2501
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
012924069
Principal Investigator:
Duan Ou
Principal Investigator
(508) 466-3181
dou@aerogel.com
Business Contact:
Heather Crouse
Business Official
(508) 481-5058
hcrouse@aerogel.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
NASA is seeking a high performance thermal insulation material for cryogenic applications in space launch development. Many of the components in cryogenic distribution systems at the launch site can be complex and require an insulation that can be formed to irregular shapes to minimize heat leak. Aerogel beads are configurable to virtually any shape and offer a lightweight insulation solution with substantial improvements over conventional insulations. Success in the commercialization of high performance insulating aerogel beads has relied on the effectiveness of converting loose beads into functional insulation components. This type of insulation component requires reasonable mechanical strength and should be able to withstand a certain degree of compression, tensile, and flexural loads. Aspen Aerogels' solution entails the use of mechanically resistant aerogel beads and a binder that does not penetrate the surface of the beads. Preliminary investigation into composite development in the Phase I effort has resulted in a net shape insulation component having excellent thermal and mechanical properties. This type of insulation component is able to fill areas that are currently inaccessible with existing insulation products. A high-performance thermal insulation composite, such as that described in this proposal, will have a significant impact in insulation technology advancement.

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