NASA SBIR 2017 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 17-2 H4.01-9146
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Damage Tolerant Lightweight Pressure Structures
PROPOSAL TITLE: Impact Resistant Composite Structures for Space Suit Applications

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Composites Automation, LLC
9 Adelaide Court
Newark, DE 19702 - 2068
(302) 584-4184

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Roger Crane
9, Adelaide Court
Newark, DE 19702 - 2068
(410) 562-2163

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Dirk Heider
9 Adelaide Court
Newark, DE 19702 - 2068
(302) 584-4184

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 6

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Damage Tolerant Lightweight Pressure Structures 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)

Composites Automation (CA) proposes to collaborate with the University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials (UD-CCM) and our industry transition partner ILC Dover, to develop innovative material and structure concepts for next generation Space Suit hard composite components. The SBIR goals are develop material systems that survive an impact of 300 J at <0.125” thickness and <1.7 g/cc density with no leaks. Phase I demonstrated a material solution that met these requirements and the ability to balance impact and structural performance with composite design. Phase II will study additional material choices, develop and optimize composite architectures, and demonstrate impact, structure and joint/interface performance. A complete material specification including material composition, process methods and properties will be developed for the optimized solution(s) for use in product design. Phase II will culminate in the design, analysis and manufacture of a full-scale Hatch, based on NASA requirements, with the optimized composite material solutions. 

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Increasing damage tolerance of lightweight composite structures to impact loads while maintaining leak resistance under pressure is a key performance metric for space suit hard composite components. Aerospace and satellite structures are also driven by damage tolerant design criteria and proposed concepts may enable higher design allowables and lighter weight solutions. Proposed goals will improve performance 4X the current Z2 composite design and enable lighterweight and more robust and leak resistant composite component designs.
NASA has recently developed the Z2 space suit but has interest in improving the robustness required for exploration of a planetary surface. The desired improvements will allow for reduced maintenance and provide simple and robust interfaces with the portable life support system. This can potentially also be used for the International Space Station Extravehicular Mobility Unit.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Damage tolerant composite structures are used in many applications, including aerospace, automotive and marine composites, and military platforms. Post-impact mechanical performance drives composite design in these applications, such as Compression after Impact or Open-hole Tension/Compression. Mechanical fastening and joining is also common in many of these applications and resistance to damage propagation at fastener holes promotes long-term durability. Concepts/strategies that increase durability, and post-impact performance while retaining lightweight characteristics are of wide-ranging interest in the composites industry. The proposed full-component Hatch demonstrator will address all these challenges and serve as an technology maturation example for all these markets.

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.)
Air Transportation & Safety
Pressure & Vacuum Systems
Protective Clothing/Space Suits/Breathing Apparatus
Smart/Multifunctional Materials
Tools/EVA Tools

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