NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 H7.01-8243
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Ablative Thermal Protection Systems Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: Flexible, High Char Yield Hybridsil Adhesive Materials for Next Generation Ablative Thermal Protecti

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Nanosonic, Inc.
158 Wheatland Drive
Pembroke, VA 24136 - 3645
(540) 626-6266

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Vince Baranauskas
158 Wheatland Drive
Pembroke, VA 24136 - 3645
(540) 626-6266

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Ms Melissa Campbell
158 Wheatland Drive
Pembroke, VA 24136 - 3645
(540) 626-6266

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Ablative Thermal Protection Systems Technologies 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)
NanoSonic will create and empirically validate flexible, high char yield HybridSil adhesive nanocomposites for use within current and next generation polymer based ablative thermal protection systems during the proposed NASA SBIR program. Building from its established high temperature HybridSil material technology, NanoSonic will develop a room temperature cured hybrid organic � inorganic adhesive material for bonding polymer infused tiles within advanced thermal protection systems. The proposed HybridSil nanocomposite will be molecularly engineered for exceptional adhesion to both EDL substrates and currently employed high temperature thermosets (phenolic, epoxy, and cyanate ester) while maintaining high strains to failure and a rapid conversion robust silicates at elevated temperatures for additional substrate protection. Leveraging a base HybridSil thermoset that has previously demonstrated promising HyMETS performance as a carbon felt infusing resin (Figure 1 and right inset), NanoSonic will synthesize hybrid organic � inorganic block and segmented copolymers molecularly engineered for exceptional adhesion to carbon felt tiles infused with aromatic thermosets while maintaining glass transition temperatures < - 100 oC and high strains to failure (>100%) for retained flexibility in space. Promising structure � property interdependencies affording adhesive materials with extreme ablative adhesion, high char yields, and thermal resilience will be empirically down-selected through rigorous high temperature (2,000 oC) flow testing with the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Primary NASA applications will include entry, descent and landing ablative thermal protection systems for future planetary entry vehicles while immediate secondary applications will include spacecraft aerocapture systems. Additional NASA applications will include utility within a broad spectrum of reentry body heatshield systems.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Broad secondary non-NASA applications exist for NanoSonic�s HybridSil TPS tile adhesives. Immediate Phase III transition potential will exist within an array of aerospace heatshield systems, as well as fire protective materials within the aerospace, marine, and automotive industries.

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.)
Coatings/Surface Treatments
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Astronautics)
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Passive Systems
Processing Methods

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