NASA STTR 2019-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 19-1- T12.01-2915
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 Thin-Ply Composite Technology and Applications
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 Braided Thin-Ply Tapes
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (SBC):
RESEARCH INSTITUTION (RI):
Name:  Opterus Research and Development, Inc.
Name:  North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Street:  4221 Rolling Gate Road
Street:  2701 Sullivan Drive, Admin Svcs III, CB 7514
City:  Fort Collins
City:  Raleigh
State/Zip:  CO 80526-3395
State/Zip:  NC 27695-7514
PHONE:  (505) 250-3006
PHONE:  (919) 515-2444

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Name:
Thomas Murphey
E-mail:
tmurphey@opterusrd.com
Address:
4221 Rolling Gate Rd Fort Collins, CO 80526 - 3395
Phone:
(505) 250-3006

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Name:
Thomas Murphey
E-mail:
tmurphey@opterusrd.com
Address:
4221 Rolling Gate Rd Fort Collins, CO 80526 - 3395
Phone:
(505) 250-3006
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 2
End: 4
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

Opterus proposes to develop braided thin ply composite tapes. The tapes will be braided from ultra-thin spread-tow unidirectional carbon and glass ribbons and will enable a new source and form factor for thin-ply textiles. The resulting tapes will be especially useful for thin high strain composite space deployable structures where they will allow bias plies in long parts without requiring seams. The tapes will also be applicable to automated placement processes where it is otherwise challenging to place plies in a bias orientation. In many cases, braided tapes are expected to be higher quality and offer increased design freedom over weaves. The 13 month program will involve analytical braid design, manufacturing of braids, prepregging, composite part fabrication, and coupon testing.

Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

NASA space applications include deployable composite booms used in a range of mission applications. Deployable booms are a fundamental technology need that spans multiple centers and missions. These include solar arrays, solar sails, drag sails, sun shades, instrument booms, radar antennas, and communications antennas. The proposed tapes will also be useful in pressure vessel and air vehicle programs.

Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

Nn-NASA applications and markets primarily parallel those of NASA and include a large and growing commercial space sector and DoD agencies. Additional applications include the wind turbine industry and commodity composite tubes. These applications often require high torsional stiffness which is readily achieved with the bias tapes proposed here.

Duration: 13

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