Lightweight Inflatable Cryogenic Tank

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,987.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX11CG47P
Agency Tracking Number:
105387
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
X5.03
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Technology Applications, Inc.
5710A Flatiron Parkway, Boulder, CO, 80301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
933677452
Principal Investigator:
Stephen Nieczkoski
Principal Investigator
(303) 443-2262
snieczk@techapps.com
Business Contact:
Gregory Fickbohm
Business Official
(303) 443-2262
gfickbohm@techapps.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
This proposal describes the development of an inflatable and lightweight polymer-fabric structured pressure vessel designed for the containment of cryogenic fluids. Technology Applications, Inc. (TAI) in collaboration with the Thin Red Line Aerospace (TRLA) proposes to develop a cryogen tank design solution with fully determinate load paths that addresses the need for lightweight pressure containment at extremely low temperatures without the reliability issues that exist in composite tank structures. Ultra High Performance Vessel (UHPV) technology that has already been developed for many other applications will be extended for use into the cryogenic temperature operating range.The Phase I feasibility study encompasses the design and critical support elements for creating a robust lightweight cryogenic tank structure that meets NASA mission specifications. The Phase II program will involve fabricating and demonstrating the performance of a prototype cryogen tank based upon the inflatable UVHP architecture.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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