Aluminum-Lithium Alloy 2050 for Reduced-Weight, Increased-Stiffness Space Structures

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,996.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX11CH12P
Agency Tracking Number:
105608
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
X5.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd.
WV, Triadelphia, WV, 26059-1139
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
101582922
Principal Investigator:
Jesse Blacker
Principal Investigator
(304) 547-5800
jmb@trl.com
Business Contact:
Elizabeth Kraftician
Business Official
(304) 547-5800
jrj@trl.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Touchstone Research Laboratory, along with Alcan Rolled ProductsÂ? Ravenswood WV, has identified the Aluminum-Lithium Alloy 2050 as a potentially game-changing material replacement for current space structural alloys such as Aluminum-Lithium alloy 2195. AA2050 is available in significantly thicker plate gauges than AA2195 and, as a result, can be machined orformed into ribs, stringers or other types of stiffened structures that have increased stiffness and as a result provide overall structural weight savings potential of approximately 15 to 20%. The AA2050, however, needs more development work and understanding in the area of cryogenic material properties, joining, and design potential to be considered for NASA mission vehicles. Touchstone is proposing a Phase I effort to do cryogenic characterization testing, concept design, and computational modeling and analysis to demonstrate the feasibility of using AA2050 for increased-stiffness, reduced-weight space structures.

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