NASA SBIR 2006 Solicitation


SUBTOPIC TITLE:Long Term Cryogenic Propellant Storage, Management, and Acquisition
PROPOSAL TITLE:Advanced insulation Materials for Cryogenic Propellant Storage Applications

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Advanced Materials Technology, Inc
9324 Mandrake Ct
Tampa, FL 33647-3289
(813) 994-6360

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Akbar   Fard
9324 Mandrake Ct
Tampa, FL  33647-3289
(813) 994-6360

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT ( Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Advanced Materials Technology, Inc (AMTI) responds to the Topic X9 entitled "Propulsion and Propellant Storage" under subtopic X9.01, "Long Term Cryogenic Propellant Storage, Management, and Acquisition". The proposed program will focus on developing new multifunctional insulation materials that will impact cryogenic systems for space transportation orbit transfer vehicles, space power systems, spaceports, spacesuits, lunar habitation systems, robotics, and in situ propellant systems. These innovative materials will be capable of retaining structural integrity while accommodating large operating temperatures ranging from cryogenic to elevated temperatures conditions. These advanced materials can be incorporated into thermal protection systems (TPS), reducing the amount of TPS and its structure. To meet and exceed the NASA's requirements, we propose to develop multifunctional organic/inorganic nanocomposites foams for structural and insulation applications offering affordable cost, lightweight, and high strength, low thermal conductivity, high thermal stability, and easy processability which will result in improved efficiency and reliability of the cryogenic systems. The approach proposed in this program will provide with more flexibility in designing cryogenic insulators. Once the feasibility of the concept of strong, lightweight cryogenic insulating materials is demonstrated in Phase I, we shall scale-up this concept in a Phase II program to meet the NASA's requirements.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Foamed organic-inorganic materials will be a new generation of advanced foams. It will provide to the NASA exceptional resistance to temperature changes, maintaining property stability from ?250 C to more than +400 C and is non-flammable and non toxic compared to normal insulation products like fiberglass, polyurethane, and polystyrene The technology proposed in this program will help the NASA to reduce the cost of space flight. Our materials will provide the NASA with robust cryogenic solutions and, therefore, will significantly decrease space mission failures. These materials will benefit NASA's programs, namely, the X-33 and Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) programs.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The innovative foamed organic-inorganic materials can be used in a variety of commercial applications. These materials are expected to outperform polyimide foams in structural and insulation including shipbuilding, aircraft, and medical prosthetics. A major difficulty in the commercialization of polyimide nanocomposite is that the raw materials are still very expensive. The potential applications for the materials developed under this program: include (i) Flame retardant and fire protection. (ii) Thermal insulation, (iii) Acoustic insulation, (iv) Weight reduction, (v) Gaskets and seals, (vi) Vibration damping pads, (vii) Spacers in adhesives and sealant, (viii) Extenders, (ix) Flow/leveling aids.

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.

Fluid Storage and Handling
Thermal Insulating Materials

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