Multifunctional Metal Matrix Composite Filament Wound Tank Liners

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CC12C
Agency Tracking Number: 095628
Amount: $599,998.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: X5.03
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd.
WV, Triadelphia, WV, 26059-1139
DUNS: 101582922
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Gordon
 Principal Investigator
 (304) 547-5800
 blg@trl.com
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Kraftician
Title: Business Official
Phone: (304) 547-5800
Email: jrj@trl.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessels (COPVs) are used for storing pressurized gases on board spacecraft when mass saving is a key requirement. All future mass critical space applications will be designed to use COPVs to minimize vehicle mass. Saving mass is critical for facilitating deep space travel in which a series of space depots will be implemented as a means of providing fuel along the journey. These depots will require a means for long-term storage of fuel and other resources that can be placed in the appropriate locations ahead of time. Metal Matrix Composite (MMC) materials offer tremendous potential for lightweight propellant and pressurant tankage. Touchstone teamed with Carleton Technologies Inc. (a subsidiary of Cobham) to demonstrate feasibility of this technology in Phase I. A COPV with Al MMC liner was designed and a demonstration liner was produced. The proposed Phase II effort will address key technical risk items identified in Phase I, optimize the liner design and process, and extend the Technology Readiness Level to 5 by completing validation testing on a full-scale COPV demonstration article.

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