NASA SBIR 2005 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:05 X2.01-8036
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Advanced Materials
PROPOSAL TITLE:Radiation Abating Highly Flexible Multifunctional Polyimide Cryogenic and Thermal Insulation

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
GFT, LLC
310 E. South Street
Pennville ,IN 47369 - 9465
(260) 731 - 1450

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Philip   Griffith
phil@gftco.com
310 E. South Street
Pennville, IN  47369 -9465
(260) 731 - 1450

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
The development of highly flexible thermal insulation materials with multifunctional properties based in polyimide polymers and designed to provide significant radiation abatement is proposed. These new material forms provide their enhanced properties while ensuring benign behavior in adverse thermal environments ranging from cryogenic to elevated temperatures. In addition, the introduction of radiation abating materials into the polymeric precursor or foam provides a protective element not available in current state-of-the-art insulation materials. The proposal team provides a fundamental understanding of the chemistry and physics of polyimide foams, the test facilities for measurement of structural and mechanical properties and production facilities sufficient to produce materials in volume necessary for prototype tests in NASA applications.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
NASA applications include cryogenic and thermal insulation for deep space vehicles and earthbound launch systems; space suit insulation; cryogenic and thermal protection for radiation sensitive components; multifunctional flight deck and passenger compartment insulation aboard aircraft, launch vehicles, and CEV designs; noise and vibration abatement material for launch vehicle payloads.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Non-NASA applications include cryogenic insulation for the LNG and other liquefied gas production and transport industries; multifunctional insulation for military and commercial aerospace and marine entities; radiation shielding for the electronics industries; acoustic deadener for the automotive industry; flame resistant acoustic foam for the entertainment industry; acoustic and flame resistant ceiling tiles for building construction; home attic and wall insulation once product matures later in its lifecycle.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING
Composites
Fluid Storage and Handling
In-situ Resource Utilization
Instrumentation
Launch and Flight Vehicle
Manned-Manuvering Units
Multifunctional/Smart Materials
Portable Life Support
Propellant Storage
RF
Radiation Shielding Materials
Radiation-Hard/Resistant Electronics
Reuseable
Solar
Suits
Tankage
Thermal Insulating Materials


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