Microcrack Resistant Matrix Materials for Out-of-Autoclave Processing of Composite Cryogenic Tanks

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX13CM32C
Agency Tracking Number: 115095
Amount: $699,829.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: O2.04
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Composite Technology Development, Inc.
CO, Lafayette, CO, 80026-3359
DUNS: 161234687
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Fabian
 Principal Investigator
 (303) 664-0394
 Paul.fabian@ctd-materials.com
Business Contact
 Lori Bass
Title: VP of Finance
Phone: (303) 664-0394
Email: lori.bass@ctd-materials.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
NASA is keen on advancing technologies for lightweight composite cryotanks for heavy lift vehicles for future NASA missions. Two primary challenges must be overcome to enable the use of composite tanks for these new classes of heavy launchers. One is to develop novel, microcrack-resistant, polymer matrix composite materials that will enable the manufacture of 5 to 10 meter diameter composite tanks, and the second is to develop out-of-autoclave manufacturing methods. In response, CTD is developing novel matrix materials based on toughened epoxy and benzoxazines to meet these goals and exceed the performance of current state of the art materials. The end goal of the Phase II program is to advance the material systems suitable for out-of-autoclave fabrication of very large cryotank (10 meter diameter) structures from TRL 3 to TRL 4. The proposed Phase II SBIR program will be a synergistic effort between analytical assessments of material performance requirements, material and process development, testing to assess material performance improvements and the ability to manufacture these novel materials into microcrack resistant composites laminates and cryotanks.

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