Aerogel Insulation to Support Cryogenic Technologies

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNK06OM07C
Agency Tracking Number: 042186
Amount: $600,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solitcitation Year: 2004
Solitcitation Topic Code: X6.08
Solitcitation 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
 Duan Ou
 Principal Investigator
 (508) 466-3181
 dou@aerogel.com
Business Contact
 Heather Crouse
Title: Business Official
Phone: (508) 481-5058
Email: 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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