NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-1 Z2.01-8616
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Large-Scale Polymer Matrix Composite (PMC) Structures, Materials, and Manufacturing Processes
PROPOSAL TITLE: Resin Infusion Fabrication of nanostructured PMC

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Materials Modification, Inc.
2809-K Merrilee Drive
Fairfax, VA 22031 - 4409
(703) 560-1371

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Tirumalai Sudarshan
sudarshan@matmod.com
2809-K Merrilee Drive
Fairfax, VA 22031 - 4409
(703) 560-1371 Extension :25

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Tirumalai Sudarshan
sudarshan@matmod.com
2809-K Merrilee Drive
Fairfax, VA 22031 - 4409
(703) 560-1371 Extension :25

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

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Large-Scale Polymer Matrix Composite (PMC) Structures, Materials, and Manufacturing Processes 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)
Polymer reinforced composite parts required for heavy lift launch vehicles are currently fabricated by hand lay-up or automated tape lay-up followed by curing using heat, pressure, vacuum and inert atmosphere. Composite structures for future applications are expected to be larger than 9 meters in diameter and greater than 10 meters in length. Such large composite structures cannot be fabricated by regular autoclaving processes because of limitations of the size of autoclaves and high costs associated with energy consumption. In this Phase I effort, MMI will develop a novel out-of-autoclave processing method for the fabrication of nanostructured polymer matrix composites for fabrication of light weight structural parts of large dimensions. This phase of research will also involve a system analysis of the technology to identify the benefits and target areas of use. A correlation study based system analyses will provide a path to apply the fabrication methods to fabricate large composite parts used in aircraft structures. Phase II will scale up the technology and demonstrate property enhancements. The resin infusion process proposed will be suitable for economical manufacture of large parts. The nanocomposite reinforcement proposed will also afford better mechanical properties to the polymer matrix composite.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The aerospace and defense segments are the largest U.S. market for both carbon fibers and carbon-carbon composites. Applications of the composite envisage, specific to NASA include lightweight structures for in-space and launch vehicles. Other aerospace, defense and consumer aviation applications include high speed, light weight rockets, aircrafts and manned and unmanned aerial vehicles.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Industrial applications for CNT composites include corrosion-resistant chemical process equipment, automobile parts and other lightweight, load bearing structural applications.

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.)
Composites
Polymers
Processing Methods

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