Composite Matrix Systems for Cryogenic Applications

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$99,225.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX09CF33P
Agency Tracking Number:
084248
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
X4.05
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Applied Poleramic Inc
6166 Egret Court, Benicia, CA, 94510-1269
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
787223460
Principal Investigator
 Rich Moulton
 Principal Investigator
 (707) 747-6738
 poleramic@aol.com
Business Contact
 Doyle Dixon
Title: Vice President
Phone: (707) 747-6738
Email: poleramic@aol.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
As an alternative material to aluminum-lithium, cryotanks developed from fiber reinforced composites can offer significant weight savings in applications for fuel containment of liquid oxygen and hydrogen. For composite materials to be accepted and utilized in these structures, they must be resistant to microcracking. It is the objective of this work to develop a matrix system for aerospace composites that alleviates all forms of microcracking from cryogenic cycling regardless of the lay-up and configuration. This will be accomplished by using a novel chemistry that provides the necessary inherent network and backbone structure for this environment combined with newly developed nano-modifiers. This technology and approach will result in a high performance matrix system that has low or no cure shrinkage combined with very low CTE and extremely high toughness. Such a matrix will be combined with carbon fibers to fabricate lightweight, high performance composites that are expected to have the microcrack and permeability resistance required for cryotank structures. It is expected that the Technology Readiness Level will be 3-4 at the end of this Phase I research.

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