NASA SBIR 2008 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-1 S3.02-8986
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Thermal Control Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: Advanced Durable Flexible Ultra Low Outgassing Thermal Control Coatings for NASA Science Missions

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Applied Material Systems Engineering, Inc.(AMSENG)
2309 Pennsbury Ct.
Schaumburg, IL 60194 - 3884
(630) 372-9650

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mukund (Mike) Deshpande.
2309 Pennsbury Ct.
Schaumburg, IL 60194 - 3884
(630) 372-9650

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 5 to 6

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
This Phase I program proposes to synthesize novel nanoengineered ultra low out gassing elastomers and formulate high temperature capable flexible thermal control coatings as well as adhesives based on the proposed chemistries that are stable in various space environments. We have envisioned nano-engineered clusters and the innovative synthesis of the poly carborane-polysiloxanes, to surpass the performance of the current state of the art and provide the formulations that are space environment stable and can provide radiation hardening and enhanced life long survivability for science mission hardware in space environments. We propose to investigate: (1) Synthesis of high molecular weight ultra low outgassing poly-carborane-siloxanes that are stable and demonstrate for temperatures ≥ 500C. (2) Use of nano-engineered clusters with appropriate cross linker chemistries for tailoring secondary emission properties while providing protection from the irradiation using electron donor compounds. This can help us to employ electron on demand strategy to mitigate the secondary and sustained arcs. (3) Investigations in to: thermal stability thermally induced out-gassing studies, ESD behavior, and space environment simulation of elastomers for the typical GEO and LEO scenarios. These results from this study will guide us to select the promising formulations for the scale up and validation studies in Phase II. Lastly, we have proposed investigations in Boron Nitride Self Assembled Nano Cluster Mesh (BN-SANCsTM), which may totally change the way we formulate the space stable thermal control material systems for all earth orbits and planetary environment, along with its use in radiation shielding with use of 10BN-SANCsTM.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This Phase I program evaluates the concepts on the suggested nano-science inspired generic multifunctional ultra low out grassing and high temperature capable elastomers and adhesives and thermal control coating formulations that are suitable for high temperature applications of science mission needs. These developments will not only guide the future work for the further development of Generic Ultra Low Outgassing Flexible High Temperature Capable Thermal Control Material Systems and survivable adhesive systems, but will also help us to guide and achieve successful integration of the same on various hardware for various science missions. The other NASA applications that can benefit are: aeroassist (aerocapture) and tether concepts. The success in this program has significant ability to impact performance properties of polymeric film products, wiring harness coatings and the thermal control coatings that are currently in use. The technology of Boron Nitride Nano Cluster Mesh (BN-SANCsTM) is a high risk high payoff platform technology which can diffuse to various electronic applications, if one gets success in the same along with unique applications in radiation shielding.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The commercial industry has planned several satellites for the broad band communication activities. The transportation authorities are also contemplating commercial space based radars for air traffic control. These planned candidate optimal fleet designs may call for putting assets in the mid-earth orbits (MEO) which require radiation stability along with the high temperature capability. Currently no polymeric ultra low out grassing elastomers and thermal control coating exist that can withstand the exposure to the high temperatures & space environments of the interest of exploration science missions. This program attempts to fill this gap. Many other commercial as well as the DOD platform hardware can also benefit form the fulfillment of this technology gap. Even the partial success in dielectric engineering of the resultant polymeric adhesive may improve our ability to provide materials that can employ electrons on demand concept, which can aid as a tool to mitigate the secondary arc and sustained arc issues on space power bus hardware. Thus, the return on investments can be sizable and multifaceted because of this program. The success in Boron Nitride Nano Cluster Mesh (BN-SANCsTM) concept will provide a platform technology to launch various commercial semi conducting product applications and radiation shielding concepts.

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Multifunctional/Smart Materials
Radiation Shielding Materials
Thermal Insulating Materials

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