NASA STTR 2010 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-1 T9.01-9836
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Technologies for Human and Robotic Space Exploration Propulsion Design and Manufacturing
PROPOSAL TITLE: Non-Catalytic Self Healing Composite Material Solution

NAME: ADA Technologies, Inc. NAME: University of Delaware
STREET: 8100 Shaffer Parkway, Suite 130 STREET: Center for Composit Materials
CITY: Littleton CITY: Newark
STATE/ZIP: CO  80127 - 4107 STATE/ZIP: DE  19716 - 3144
PHONE: (303) 792-5615 PHONE: (302) 831-3312

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Steve Arzberger
8100 Shaffer Parkway #130
Littleton, CO 80127 - 4107
(303) 874-8277

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Fiber reinforce polymer (FRP) composite materials are seeing increasing use in the construction of a wide variety of aerospace structures. However, uncertainties regarding the material's impact durability continue to plague the FRP composites community. To address this need, ADA Technologies, Inc. (ADA), Littleton, CO, in partnership with the University of Delaware's Center for Composite Materials (UD-CCM), Newark, DE, propose the development of a novel, non-catalytic, fully passive, self-healing polymer for use as a fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) matrix material If successful, the proposed technology will provide fully autonomous self-healing without the use of a catalyst. Further, while the proposed program is largely focused on demonstrating self-healing capabilities in FRP material form, the proposed technology is broadly applicable to next-generation polymer-based composites such as carbon nanotube reinforced composites (i.e., polymer nanocomposites).

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
If successful, the proposed self-healing polymer technology would greatly increase the damage tolerance of current FRP composite materials as well as future, next-generation polymer nanocomposites. The resulting increase in composite durability would greatly increase the structural efficiency of vehicle designs as well as increase their overall lifetime. Ultimately, the proposed technology would allow for reductions in weight for space exploration vehicles thereby reducing the cost of space exploration (i.e., due to reduced launch costs).

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Beyond NASA, the proposed technology could see use in virtually any large-scale, structural composite application where damage tolerance is of great concern. Potential applications include commercial and military satellites and aircraft, military naval marine vessels, wind and water turbine blades, automobiles and sporting goods among many others. Improvements based on the proposed technology would allow reductions in component mass (i.e., due to increased structural efficiency) as well as reductions in maintenance costs thereby increasing the commercial viability of the target application.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (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.)
Smart/Multifunctional Materials
Vehicles (see also Autonomous Systems)

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