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Ultra Lightweight High Pressure Hydrogen Fuel Tanks Reinforced With Carbon Nanotubes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-11ER90183
Agency Tracking Number: 96175
Amount: $149,897.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 03 a
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000413
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-06-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2012-05-16
Small Business Information
3006 Longhorn Blvd, Ste 107
Austin, TX 78758-
United States
DUNS: 013475129
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dongsheng Mao
 (512) 339-5020
Business Contact
 Richard Fink
Title: Dr.
Phone: (512) 339-5020
Research Institution

One effective way to lower the weight, thus decreasing the carbon fiber usage and lowering the cost, of a CFRP tank is to improve the mechanical properties of the CFRP composite resin matrix using nano-reinforcement. Using the resin matrix itself as a source of composite strength, along with the carbon fiber reinforcement, results in a tank that requires less carbon fiber material. This solution decreases the weight of the tank all while preserving or even increasing its performance. In this DOE SBIR Phase I effort, ANI proposes to work with Lincoln Composites to reduce the cost of the carbon fiber by 30-40% by reducing the weight of the CFRP composite by 30-40% reinforced with CNTs used in the structure of the high pressure hydrogen fuel tank, while maintaining or improving the performance of the tank at the regular weight while the fuel efficiency is significantly improved. The overall objective of this program is to significantly improve the mechanical properties of the epoxy/carbon fiber material uses to produce hydrogen fuel tanks with functionalized CNT reinforcement. The ultimate target is to reduce the weight of the CFRP portion of hydrogen fuel tanks by 30-40% while maintaining or increasing the materials performance when compared to hydrogen fuel tanks at regular weight without CNT reinforcement. It is proposed to significantly lower the expense of the carbon fiber (30-40% cost reduction).

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