BHL Cryotank for Long Term Use

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CH48P
Agency Tracking Number: 104143
Amount: $99,990.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: X5.03
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
TN, Tullahoma, TN, 37388-5583
DUNS: 144158677
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Zachary Taylor
 Principal Investigator
 (951) 304-4086
 zachary.taylor@gtlcompany.com
Business Contact
 Paul Gloyer
Title: Business Official
Phone: (931) 581-6134
Email: paul.gloyer@gtlcompany.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
GTL has already made substantial progress in developing and validating the BHL<SUP>TM</SUP> technology for application to cryotanks. Earlier coupon testing of the temperature-dependent material properties confirmed the potential of the BHL technology to eliminate the microcracking issue. This was followed by the fabrication and cryo-pressure cycle testing of small BHL cylinders. No laminate leaks or degradation were detected in a test with more than 40 cryo-pressure cycles.While other efforts are exploring the reliability aspects of the BHL technology at larger scales, the proposed effort will focus on evaluating the long-term cryogenic propellant storage capabilities of the BHL technology. Specifically, this effort will include initial tests to examine the implications of long-term oxygen exposure on the BHL laminate as the first step towards validating the technology for long-term NASA exploration and other missions.The effort will also refine the BHL laminate design to optimize it for long-term cryogenic propellant storage. This will include an effort to increase the insulating capability of the structural laminate to minimize the need for secondary insulation. A small BHL cylinder shall be fabricated using these refinements as a proof-of-concept.

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