NASA STTR 2009 Solicitation
FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY
|RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE:
||Technologies for Space Power and Propulsion
||Microchannel Thermo Catalytic Ignition for Advanced Mono- and Bipropellants
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (SBC):
RESEARCH INSTITUTION (RI):
||Plasma Processes, Inc.
||University of Connecticut
||4914 Moores Mill Road
||438 Whitney Road Ext., Unit 1133
||AL 35811 - 1558
||CT 06269 - 1133
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Small and micro-spacecrafts require the efficient, micro-propulsion systems. Chemical micro-propulsion is best suited for use as primary thrust, orbital insertion and attitude control because of its high energy density. When grouped into arrays for larger thrust applications, micro-propulsion devices provide high propulsive flexibility or can be used as igniters.
The proposed effort will focus on thermo-catalytic ignition and combustion of advanced mono- and bi-propellants in micro-channels; and the development of a micro-propulsion device. An innovative near net shape forming technique, in combination with carbon nanotube deposition, will facilitate manufacturing of sub-millimeter diameter micro-channels and tubes with enhanced internal surfaces area for maximum catalytic reaction. The microchannels will provide thermo-catalytic ignition of bi-propellant rockets without needing high voltage igniters and can also provide stable and reliable ignition source for advanced, environmentally friendly, mono-propellants.
POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Mono-propellant rocket engines, bi-propellant rockets, and igniters for large rocket engines for large, small (100 kg), very small (10 kg) and very, very small (1 kg) satellites.
POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
In addition to NASA applications, the technology has many commercial applications including iridium electrodes for ferroelectric capacitors and high-performance spark plug igniters; crystal growth crucibles, catalyst electrodes for chemical production processes; and radiation oncology.
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