NASA SBIR 2017 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 171 Z10.03-9105
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP)
PROPOSAL TITLE: Novel Sorbent to Remove Radioactive Halogens and Noble Gases from NTP Engine Exhaust

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
TDA Research, Inc.
12345 West 52nd Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 - 1916
(303) 940-2347

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Ambalavanan Jayaraman Ph.D.
ajayaraman@tda.com
12345 West 52nd Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 - 1916
(303) 940-5391

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. John D. Wright
jdwright@tda.com
12345 West 52nd Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 - 1916
(303) 940-2300

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

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) 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)
Solid core Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) has been identified as the advanced propulsion concept which could provide the fastest trip times with fewer Space Launch System (SLS) launches for human missions to Mars. However, current environmental regulations require NTP engine exhaust filtering of radioactive halogens, noble gases and particulates to stay within safe limits. Particularly high efficiency (greater than 99.5%) removal of radioactive halogens, noble gases and vapor phase contaminants is of specific interest to NASA.

In this SBIR project, TDA Research, Inc. proposes to develop a novel high capacity sorbent to remove radioactive halogens and noble gases from NTP engine exhaust with an efficiency greater than 99.5%. This sorbent will be part of an effluent scrubber system, which initially cools the hot hydrogen exhaust with a water spray, and then further cools it and removes the water in a series of heat exchangers. In Phase I, we will prepare the sorbent and demonstrate its ability to selectively remove radioactive halogens and noble gases under simulated NTP engine exhaust conditions. Based on the performance results, we will carry out a preliminary design of the scrubbing system for NTP engine exhaust and estimate its size and cost.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The sorbents developed in the Phase I will find use in scrubber systems for NTP engine exhaust during ground testing. Current environmental regulations require NTP engine exhaust filtering of radioactive halogens, noble gases and particulates to stay within safe limits. Particularly high efficiency (greater than 99.5%) sorbent that removes radioactive halogens, and noble gases is of specific interest to NASA.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
There is a much larger commercial market for the sorbents developed here in the used nuclear fuel reprocessing facilities to reduce emissions of the radioactive halogens and noble gases.

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.)
Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE; NDT)
Spacecraft Main Engine

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