NASA STTR 2004 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 04 T8.01-9857
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Aerospace Manufacturing Technology
PROPOSAL TITLE: The Cyogenic Evauation of irradiated composite materials for use in composite pressure vessels
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (SBC) RESEARCH INSTITUTION (RI)
NAME:HYPERCOMP ENGINEERING, INC. NAME:Mississippi State Univ
ADDRESS:1080 North Main Suite #2 ADDRESS:210 Carpenter Eingeering bld
CITY:Brigham City CITY:Mississippi State
STATE/ZIP:UT84302-0505 STATE/ZIP:MS39762-5925
PHONE:(435)734-1166 PHONE:(662)325-9154

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
James Patterson
jamesp@hypercompeng.com
1080 North Main Suite #2
Brigham City, UT 84302-0505
(435)734-1166

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
The intent of this proposal is to develop key building block technology for lightweight composite structures suitable for cryogenic fuel depot storage as well as human in-space habitat. The effort will incorporate and expand on previous work by the participants in the cryogenic performance of composite materials as well as improved impact technologies for micro-meteor/space debris survivability. It will then develop radiation resistant capabilities.

In order to develop reliable composite structures for use as cryogenic fuel storage, human habitation, or other mission critical application a solid understanding of constituent material environmental capabilities is required. While good progress has been made in expanding the knowledge of how composite fibers and matrix systems (resins) react to loads and strains at extremely cold temperatures little to no effort has been made to incorporate radiation exposure such as would be encountered with in-space fuel storage depots.

With a view to developing dual-use lightweight composite structures the proposed effort will develop improved composite material resistance to the harsh radiation environment a spacecraft would be expected to encounter during the life of its mission. Our intent is to develop robust light weight composite structures which are cryogenic capable as well as impact and radiation resistant.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
NASA applications for the technologies we propose researching and developing would be light weight composite structures that could be used for reliable and safe cryogenic propellant (i.e. fuel depots) storage, radiation resistant/shielding human habitat structures, and robust structures and tankage capable of withstanding micrometeroid and space debris impacts while also being radiation robust.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
The commercial pressure vessel industry is always hungry for improvements in performance (i.e. weight) and safety. There has been some significant discussion on the usage of cryogenic pressure vessels for efficient gaseous fuel storage, particularly with regard to the transportation of large volumes of gaseous fuels such as CNG.

The improvement in environmental robustness of cryogenic capable light weight pressure vessels will be noted by the commercial industry and this technology will be incorporated into specialized application.