NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 S3.09-7445
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Command, Data Handling, and Electronics
PROPOSAL TITLE: Microstructure Gradient-Z Composite for Additive Manufacture of Radiation Shielding

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Powdermet, Inc.
24112 Rockwell Drive
Euclid, OH 44117 - 1252
(216) 404-0053

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Brian S Werry
24112 Rockwell Drive
Euclid, OH 44117 - 1252
(216) 404-0053 Extension :108

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Marilyn Rhoades
24112 Rockwell Drive
Euclid, OH 44117 - 1252
(330) 671-1445

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Command, Data Handling, and Electronics is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
During space-flight system design, choice in electronic components/devices is an important choice when considering maximum failure tolerance from space radiation effects. A technology that can provide enhanced reliability of flight electronics by significantly reducing exposed radiation damage with minimum shield mass offers improved chances for mission success, and thus reducing system errors, saving program cost and resources. Powdermet proposes the development of a gradient-Z powder additive for plastics that can transform them into effective radiation shields. The elective ease of radiation hardening off-the-shelf electronics with an easily applied shielding encapsulate reduces cost and time to launch. The technical approach will be in the computational validation and experimental verification of a gradient-Z micropowder composite additive for granting radiation shielding to plastics. These will be compared to conventional gradient-Z metal lay-up designs. Additional, the program will demonstrate the additive manufacturing capacity of gradient-Z micropowder composites.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This program proposes the technological advancement in further improving upon radiation shielding efficiency in effective shielding with lower mass and volume. The academic merit contribution is an experimental approach to understanding the microscale effect gradient-Z type shielding can offer over macroscale lay-up design. Powdermet and MR&D anticipate publishing these results. In addition, the design of gradient-Z micropowder additive enables simple and cost/time efficient routs for preparing shielding to harden electronics to radiation exposure. NASA will benefit from an expanded understanding on the capability of gradient-Z shielding designs and with phase II & III optimization development, have at its "use" an easily applicable effective shielding material for protecting electronics, cargo, and crew during orbit and deep space travels.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Powdermet envisions this radiation shielding powder additive having additional application with non-NASA space application that includes the commercial market satellites in LEO and MEO. Industries outside space considerations that could use Powdermet's shielding additive include:
1. Health Industry - radiology electronic components
2. Department of Defense - nuclear blast radiation shielding
3. Particle Accelerators - electronic components and tight joints
4. Nuclear Facilities - electronics and tight joints

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.)
Coatings/Surface Treatments
Isolation/Protection/Radiation Shielding (see also Mechanical Systems)
Processing Methods

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