Lightweight radiation shielding materials with carbon nanotube reinforcements

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NAS1-02102
Agency Tracking Number: 013826
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3292 E. Hemisphere Loop, Tucson, AZ, 85706
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ranji Vaidyanathan
 Principal Investigator
 (520) 573-6300
Business Contact
 Brett Waldo
Title: Controller
Phone: (520) 573-2057
Research Institution
Human tissue and electronic component protection from harmful effects of space radiation is essential for extended deep space exploration voyages. The prime objective of this Phase II proposal is to develop a multi-functional composite material design to fulfill the current need for non-parasitic, lightweight, high-strength, and effective radiation shielding materials for space exploration applications. Using their patented rapid prototyping approach, ACR and its partners will fabricate test panels of polymer materials reinforced with aligned functionalized single-walled nanotubes (SWNT). The physical, material, and comprehensive radiation properties of the composites materials will be evaluated to identify optimal radiation shielding design criteria. ACR believes the goals of this Phase II effort are directly in line with the NASA Mission.

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