NASA STTR 2014 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-1 T10.01-9944
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Lightweight Structural Nanomaterial Concepts
PROPOSAL TITLE: Lightweight Structures Utilizing CNFs

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (SBC): RESEARCH INSTITUTION (RI):
NAME: AxNano, LLC NAME: North Carolina A&T State University
STREET: 527 Bridge Street, Suite 301 STREET: 1601 East Market Street
CITY: Danville CITY: Greensboro
STATE/ZIP: VA  24541 - 1405 STATE/ZIP: NC  27411 - 0002
PHONE: (540) 230-3881 PHONE: (336) 285-2875

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Charles Gause
cgause@axnano.com
527 Bridge Street, Suite 301
Danville, VA 24541 - 1405
(540) 230-3881

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Charles Gause
cgause@axnano.com
527 Bridge Street, Suite 301
Danville, VA 24541 - 1405
(540) 230-3881

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Lightweight Structural Nanomaterial Concepts is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
AxNano proposes a novel method for producing robust, high-volume, cost-effective carbon fibers in support of next-generation materials for structural composite space applications. AxNano will utilize a needle-less electrospinning method to form precise bundles of nano-fibers. The spinning and draw method will be designed to achieve the structural perfection needed for leaps in mechanical strength and stability of carbon fibers. This proposed work effort will establish an advanced manufacturing process, controlled at the nano/molecular scale. Efficacy will be shown by producing articles at the coupon scale, which are expected to possess better mechanical properties - double those for current epoxy CFRP technology. This new continuous carbon nano-fiber (CNF) manufacturing process will produce CNFs with reduced defects, increased uniformity, and much higher strength. This project aims at innovative nanomaterial based polymeric composites with potential to supplant conventional carbon fiber reinforced polymeric (CFRP) composites as lightweight aerospace structural materials for space applications. Specifically the project addresses fundamental challenges in mass-manufacturing continuous and high-strength carbon nanofiber yarns, weaves and next-generation carbon nanofiber yarn-reinforced polymeric composites (CNFYRP).

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
As carbon fiber composites technology has improved, it has been envisioned that composites may be able to take the place of metal and hybrid alloys that have long been used in space applications. This is particularly true in carbon fiber composites for launch vehicles where a low-weight replacement must also be non-reactive, dimensionally stable and have the ability to withstand freeze/thaw cycles of re-fueling. Strength, low coefficient of thermal expansion and advanced macro scale architectures are necessary. The proposed production method is a key element to creating the carbon nanofibers needed. This project aims at innovative nanomaterial based polymeric composites with potential to supplant conventional carbon fiber reinforced polymeric (CFRP) composites as lightweight aerospace structural materials. Specifically the project addresses fundamental challenges in mass-manufacturing continuous and high-strength carbon nanofiber yarns, weaves and next-generation carbon nanofiber yarn-reinforced polymeric composites (CNFYRP).

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
An improved lightweight CFRP structure has multiple commercial applications where there is a cost associated with moving any type of good or person, lowering the weight of the underlying device that is moving the object results in a tremendous cost savings. Three specific markets where the technology presents the best opportunity are the 1) commercial space travel, 2) Air travel/cargo, and 3) passenger vehicles/ground shipping industries which represent multi-billion dollar markets individually. AxNano has assembled a world-class Team including recognized leaders in composite design, modeling, polymer chemistry and advanced CNF manufacturing to make sure the advancements made in this program will meet current and future composites application needs for the Aerospace, wind power, and transportation industries to reduce weight, drive down costs, and ultimately reduce end product environmental impact through lower emissions.

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.)
Composites
Nanomaterials
Polymers
Processing Methods

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