NASA SBIR 2009 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 09-1 X10.01-8165
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Cryogenic and Non-Toxic Storable Propellant Space Engines
PROPOSAL TITLE: DURACON - Variable Emissivity Broadband Coatings for Liquid Propellant Rocket Nozzles

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Materials Technologies Corporation
57 Maryanne Drive
Monroe, CT 06468 - 3209
(203) 874-3100

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Yogesh Mehrotra
57 Maryanne Drive
Monroe, CT 06468 - 3209
(203) 874-3100

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 4
End: 6

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The need exists for a fast drying, robust, low gloss, black, high emissivity coating that can be applied easily on aircraft rocket nozzles and nozzle extensions. Based on their 40+ years of experience with loaded polymers, particle dispersion and surface gloss control, scientists at Materials Technologies Corporation recently developed DURACON, a high emissivity, high thermal diffusivity, low-gloss infrared black coating. We now propose an innovative process for the deposition of a current DURACON formulation to enhance its emmittance mass index, ruggedness, uniformity, as well as adhesion to the substrate at extremely high temperatures to the levels desired by the NASA.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The potential usefulness of a robust, high emissivity IR black coating which can be applied easily (brush-on or air-sprayed) to a wide range of metallic, ceramic, or plastic surfaces goes well beyond the immediate need stated by the NASA. Commercial and military applications of such a coating exist in radiation shielding inside IR optical instruments, in quantitative thermography, in IR-visible nighttime signage on military vehicles (made easily visible by a small voltage applied to the coating), etc. Such a coating would also be a natural addition to the present line of DURACON formulations.

Hypersonic flights, ARES V: Thermal control coatings for rocket nozzle extensions.
SCLP and PATH survey missions: Sensor Coatings
Lunar Missions: Thermal control loops and EVA thermal control system equipment

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
IR sensors in high precision optics and avionics;
Heat shield and sinks;
Biomedical devices;

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.

Optical & Photonic Materials
Radiation Shielding Materials
Thermal Insulating Materials

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