Low Density Aerogel as Thermal Insulation for Superconducting Cables

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-12-P-4301
Agency Tracking Number: N121-077-0580
Amount: $79,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N121-077
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
ASPEN AEROGELS, INC.
30 Forbes Road, Building B, Northborough, MA, -
DUNS: 012924069
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Redouane Begag
 Principal Investigator
 (508) 466-3124
 rbegag@aerogel.com
Business Contact
 Kevin Schmidt
Title: VP, Operations
Phone: (508) 691-1161
Email: contracts@aerogel.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
The Navy is developing several superconducting systems for use in future ships and submarines to reduce system weight, energy usage, and installed volume. These systems, such as degaussing and power distribution systems rely on superconducting wires housed in a flexible cryostat to pass current and power from one source to another. Innovative approaches are sought for the development of an improved, affordable, modular, superconducting cable assembly, including the thermal insulation system. Aspen Aerogels is proposing to design, develop and test a robust aerogel-based thermal insulation package for modular superconducting cable assemblies. Aerogel thermal insulation packages will provide a better alternative to the current state of the art insulation because they are hydrophobic, robust and easy to install. This innovation will solve current technical challenges for superconducting cable assemblies, including installation in a high-humidity, unclean shipyard environment; thermal heat loads of less than 110W for a 100 meter cable including joints and terminations; weight requirement of less than 600 lbs. for a 100 meter cable including joints and terminations; bend radius of less than 6 inches; and material cost(s) under $400/m.

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