NASA SBIR 2005 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:05 X2.03-8282
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Nanostructured Materials
PROPOSAL TITLE:A Nanotube Surface Reinforced Graphite Fiber Exhibiting Significantly Enhanced Properties

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
MER Corp
7960 S. Kolb Rd.
Tucson ,AZ 85706 - 9237
(520) 574 - 1980

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
James C Withers
jcwithers@mercorp.com
7960 S. Kolb Rd.
Tucson, AZ  85706 -9237
(520) 574 - 1980

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
Nanotechnology which includes carbon nanotubes has the potential to produce materials that exhibit properties beyond those expected from conventional materials which are anticipated to have a profound impact on NASA's future missions. Graphite fiber composites are multifunctional with high strength to weight ratios which form the basis of many aerospace systems. The combinations of carbon nanotubes with graphite fibers have the potential to significantly enhance fiber strength; offering significant advantages in multi-functional space flight applications. A unique approach will be utilized to incorporate carbon nanotubes onto existing graphite fibers to produce exemplary fiber strengths that will be utilized in composites with significantly higher strength to weight ratios. Nanotube reinforced graphite fibers will be produced and characterized in epoxy composites to demonstrate the expected property enhancements.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
The application for ultra high strength graphite fibers include missile launch tubes, attitude control systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, satellite systems, high speed transport aircraft (military and commercial), pressure vessels for H2 and other gas storage and high payoff lightweight systems.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
NON-NASA
Ultra high strength graphite fibers have applications in pressure vessels for gas (H2 and natural gas) storage in transportation, structures for bridge and building reinforcements and earth quake surviving, a variety of structures, defense applications and sporting goods/golf shafts, etc

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


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