NASA SBIR 2006 Solicitation


SUBTOPIC TITLE:Material Concepts for Lightweight Structure Technology Development
PROPOSAL TITLE:A Nanotechnology Approach to Lightweight Multifunctional Polyethylene Composite Materials for Use Against the Space Environment

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
TDA Research, Inc.
12345 W. 52nd Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033-1917
(303) 422-7819

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Michael D. Diener
12345 W. 52nd Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO  80033-1917
(303) 940-2314

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT ( Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Polyethylene-based composite materials are under consideration as multifunctional structural materials, with the expectation that they can provide radiation shielding, micrometeorite shielding, and pressure containment during interplanetary missions. While ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is the hardest known thermoplastic, its impact strength and wear resistance still pale in comparison to many other known materials. We propose composites of UHMWPE with these materials, with the expected outcome of increasing its ability to perform as a micrometeorite shield.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The technology developed on this project will be immediately useful for multifunctional radiation shielding/ micrometeorite shielding, a key need for manned interplanetary and lunar missions.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The technology has terrestrial applications in lightweight armor (for soldier and policemen, e.g.) and in long-lasting joint replacement materials (hips, etc.).

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.

Multifunctional/Smart Materials
Radiation Shielding Materials

Form Printed on 09-08-06 18:19