NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-1 H7.01-8805
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Ablative Thermal Protection Systems Technologies, Sensors and NDE Methods
PROPOSAL TITLE: Investigation of Effect of High, Short Duration Temperatures on Fiber Graphitization and Resulting Property Changes in 3D Woven TPS Preforms During Entry Trajectories

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Materials Research and Design, Inc.
300 East Swedesford Road
Wayne, PA 19087 - 1858
(610) 964-9000

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Brian J Sullivan
brian.sullivan@m-r-d.com
300 East Swedesford Road
Wayne, PA 19087 - 1858
(610) 964-6131

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Brian J Sullivan
brian.sullivan@m-r-d.com
300 East Swedesford Road
Wayne, PA 19087 - 1858
(610) 964-6131

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 3

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Ablative Thermal Protection Systems Technologies, Sensors and NDE Methods is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
To address the need for low-ballistic coefficient aeroshells with minimal impact on vehicle weight, NASA is investigating flexible thermal protection system (TPS) options. These designs typically consist of a flexible three-directional (3D) woven carbon cloth that can be stowed during flight and deployed on command to serve as a semi-rigid aeroshell during atmospheric entry. For some planned entry trajectories, the woven TPS is subjected to short duration, but extremely high heat flux levels. Since current plans call for the use of as-received non-heat treated carbon fibers in the WTPS, MR&D aims to investigate whether exposure to high temperature, short duration temperatures alters the graphitic microstructure and thus the properties of PAN-based carbon fibers.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The program would directly benefit the ADEPT program as well as the Woven TPS program, which are currently focused on the use of 3D weaves in ablative TPS. The increased ability that predictive tools will gain from this program will allow the evaluation of multiple design configurations and fiber types in a much more efficient and cost effective manner than having to fabricate and test panels to generate data to be used for down-selection of the best candidate designs.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
There is also potential for applications within the Department of Defense (DoD) and commercial industry. The use of 2D fabrics and 3D woven preforms in carbon-carbon composites which heat treat the reinforcement during processing, instead of beforehand in batch or line heat treat furnaces, creates a need for the predictive modeling capabilities proposed herein.

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.)
Characterization
Composites
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Simulation & Modeling
Structures
Textiles

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