Large Coilable Shape Memory Composite Truss

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,892.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
NASA2109
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
AEC-Able Engineering Company, Inc.
7200 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA, 93117
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Brian Spence
Program Manager
(805) 690-2433
bspence@aec-able.com
Business Contact:
Alex Roberts
General Manager
(805) 690-2401
bsmith@aec-able.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
AEC-Able Engineering Co., Inc. (ABLE) has invented a method for inclusion of elastic shape memory composite (EMC) elements in a high-performance ultra-light deployable coilable truss (CT) with ultra-low stowed volume. The performance of the heritage ¿CoilABLE¿ mast system can be increased 100x in bending stiffness and 10,000x in strength, for an equal mass per unit length. The proposed program will demonstrate the feasibility of the key element of this new structure - a collapsible EMC tube that can be coiled - while advancing preliminary design detail of the new EMC-CT system in preparation for a spaceflight application.

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