NASA STTR 2019-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 19-1- T12.05-3378
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 In-situ Curing of Thermoset Resin Mixtures
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 Cure in Place Hybridsil Polyimide Materials for Next Generation Additively Manufactured TPS Heat Shields
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (SBC):
RESEARCH INSTITUTION (RI):
Name:  Nanosonic, Inc.
Name:  Virginia Tech
Street:  158 Wheatland Drive
Street:  245 Goodwin Hall
City:  Pembroke
City:  Blacksburg
State/Zip:  VA 24136-3645
State/Zip:  VA 24061
PHONE:  (540) 626-6266
PHONE:  (540) 231-4213

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

Name:
Vince Baranauskas
E-mail:
vince@nanosonic.com
Address:
158 Wheatland Drive Pembroke, VA 24136 - 3645
Phone:
(540) 626-6266

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

Name:
Melissa Campbell
E-mail:
mcampbell@nanosonic.com
Address:
158 Wheatland Drive Pembroke, VA 24136 - 3645
Phone:
(540) 626-6266
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 3
End: 5
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

Through the proposed NASA STTR, NanoSonic and Virginia Tech will design and empirically optimize an innovative, commercially scalable additive manufacturing process integrating reactively deposited HybridSil polyimide nanocomposites for next-generation Thermal Protection Systems (TPS) employed on human rated spacecraft. NanoSonic’s material technology and Virginia Tech’s additive manufacturing expertise will be synergistically combined to provide NASA with a pioneering additive manufacturing process and high temperature, high char yield material that drastically reduces the fabrication and installation cost of current TPS ensembles while also reducing seam density. The proposed additive manufacturing technology will be directly based on fused filament fabrication (FFF) and have near-term scalability within Virginia Tech’s large-scale automated additive manufacturing robotic assembly,  which has 6 degrees of freedom and a current capability of generating MatEx produced structures on the order of ~8 x 8 x 8 feet. The proposed additive manufacturing technique and materials will be molecularly engineered and iteratively developed to produce next-generation ablative heat shield components with equivalent utility as currently employed polymer infused carbon ablative tiles such as PICA and PICA-X. The long-term value proposition to NASA and space industry market will be significantly reduced TPS installation cost, improved heat shield performance, and highly adaptable, seamless spacecraft integration.

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

NASA applications include integration within heat shield structures employed within current and future human rated spacecraft. 

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

Broand secondary non-NASA applications include use as low-cost additively manufactured high temperature insulative components and structures within aerospace, marine, and land vehicles within military and civilian platforms. 

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