NASA SBIR 2014 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-1 H11.01-9872
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Radiation Shielding Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: Polybenzoxazine Materials for Radiation Shielding

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Material Answers, LLC
66 Buckskin Drive
Weston, MA 02493 - 1130
(617) 378-1976

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Chris Scott
66 Buckskin Drive
Weston, MA 02493 - 1130
(617) 378-1976

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Chris Scott
66 Buckskin Drive
Weston, MA 02493 - 1130
(617) 378-1976

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 3

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Radiation Shielding Systems is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The proposed work will develop lightweight multifunctional composite materials based on high hydrogen content polybenzoxazine (PBZ) composites that provide excellent radiation shielding capabilities as well as high strength, stiffness, and toughness. This approach provides a novel path to addressing NASA's need for lightweight radiation shielding materials that can also serve as structural members and provide protection from micrometeoroid impact.
Polybenzoxazines are organic thermosetting polymers that can be tailored at the molecular level to optimize characteristics that are particularly advantageous for radiation shielding applications, such as high hydrogen content. Polybenzoxazines are also easily synthesized from inexpensive raw materials and the precursor, either monomeric or polymeric, can lead to cross-linked, lightweight, and thermally stable polymers. Our project will address the radiation shielding needs identified by NASA by developing lightweight composites containing a high hydrogen content polybenzoxazine resin matrix and ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) reinforcing fibers. UHMWPE fibers are the preferred reinforcing fiber for radiation shielding applications due to their high hydrogen content. Recent developments in PBZ chemistry now allow for crosslinking at lower temperatures that will not be detrimental to the polyethylene fiber structure.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
- An innovative, tailored material for lightweight radiation shielding of humans.
- An innovative, multifunctional, integrated, and multipurpose structure for lightweight radiation shielding of humans, structural components, and micrometeoroid protection.
-An innovative approach for developing radiation shielding materials.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed materials also have aerospace applications where radiation shielding could be provided for selective areas of aircraft that fly at high altitudes. There has been some reported concern of the long-term effect (many years of service) for airline pilots of the galactic cosmic rays hitting the aircraft.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (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.)
Isolation/Protection/Radiation Shielding (see also Mechanical Systems)

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