Modified Ionic Liquid-Based High-Performance Lubricants for Robotic Operations

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX11CG32P
Agency Tracking Number:
104310
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
X7.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Innosense, LLC
2531 West 237th Street, Suite 127, Torrance, CA, 90505-5245
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
114060861
Principal Investigator:
Rashmi Dalvi
Principal Investigator
(310) 530-2011
rashmi.dalvi-1@innosense.us
Business Contact:
Kisholoy Goswami
Business Official
(310) 530-2011
kisholoy.goswami@innosense.us
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
NASA requires a highly efficient lubrication system for robotic operations, which will withstand very low temperatures (20 K) and other rigors of outer space and planetary surface operations. Building on prior experience in the materials area, InnoSense LLC (ISL) and an experienced consultant will formulate ionic liquid (IL)-based lubricants that will be not only thermally resistant but also compatible with a variety of raw materials for potential NASA-relevant lubricant formulation. Phase I tasks are designed to develop a library of these lubricant formulations by synthesizing and testing according to specified durability metrics. During Phase I, ISL will demonstrate the proof of concept by formulating IL-based lubricants and evaluating physical properties, coefficient of friction, and thermal tolerance. The Phase II project will focus on optimizing a line of IL-based lubricant formulations, fine-tuning physical properties at extreme temperatures, and investigating electrical applications.

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