Polymer-Reinforced, Nonbrittle, Lightweight Cryogenic Insulation for Reduced Life-Cycle Costs

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$600,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX11CB53C
Agency Tracking Number:
094377
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
O3.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Innosense, LLC
2531 West 237th Street, Suite 127, Torrance, CA, 90505-5245
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
114060861
Principal Investigator:
David Hess
Principal Investigator
(310) 310-2011
david.hess-1@innosense.us
Business Contact:
Kisholoy Goswami
Business Official
(310) 310-2011
kisholoy.goswami@innosense.us
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
This Phase II SBIR project focuses to continue developing cryogenic insulation foams that are flexible, deforming under compression. InnoSense LLC (ISL) demonstrated enhanced structural and insulation properties in Phase I to establish NASA use potential. In particular, ISL demonstrated a 30% increase in thermal shielding properties over baseline polyurethane foams. These foams were easily formed into a variety of shapes resisting high impact loads without damage. The coated foams were extremely hydrophobic showing excellent resistance to moisture. These materials insulated liquid nitrogen temperatures with one inch of insulation thickness. Upon fine tuning the foam formulations in Phase II, cryogenic insulation performance will be tested at liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen temperatures. ISL has teamed with a large NASA prime contractor for computer modeling and performance validation during Phase II. For assuring success, ISL has committed $100K of co-funding during Phase II, and secured $300K as Phase III Follow-on funding from a commercialization partner. A technical and business team is now in place for successful execution of the project. At project end, we expect to achieve a TRL Level of at least 6 from 3 in the beginning.

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