Microporous Carbon for Radiation Shielding and Hydrogen Storage

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,991.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NAS1-03030
Award Id:
63273
Agency Tracking Number:
023259
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
87 Church Street, East Hartford, CT, 06108
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Eric Rubenstein
Principal Investigator
(860) 528-9806
ericr@afrinc.com
Business Contact:
Michael A. Serio
President
(860) 528-9806
mserio@AFRinc.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Advanced Fuel Research, Inc. (AFR) has developed a technology to provide radiation shielding, while simultaneously increasing the capacity of hydrogen storage tanks. This technology uses carbon foam filler with a complex pore structure (?microporosity?). The tank with the filler has, counter-intuitively, more capacity to store hydrogen than an otherwise empty tank. This technology increases hydrogen storage capacity for existing size tanks; or alternatively, for reduced tank size/pressure, the capacity is preserved. It has the most advantage with lower pressure storage containers. AFR proposes that this existing commercial carbon foam manufacturing/processing method can be used to identify and develop an important new aerospace structural/multifunctional material, with structural strength and important radiation shielding and hydrogen fuel storage properties. The objective of the Phase I program is to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of the proposed method. In Phase I, a number of carbon materials will be synthesized and tested to prove and illustrate the concept and efficacy. In Phase II, an extensive parametric study will be performed with the purpose of optimizing storage and shielding performance. A prototype hydrogen storage/radiation shield system will also be designed, constructed, and tested.

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