NASA SBIR 2017 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 171 Z2.01-9459
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Thermal Management
PROPOSAL TITLE: Ultra-Lightweight MG Syntactic for Insulation in Extreme Environments

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc.
2750 Indian Ripple Road
Dayton, OH 45440 - 3638
(937) 320-1877

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr Brian Henslee
2750 Indian Ripple Road
Dayton, OH 45440 - 3638
(937) 320-1877 Extension :1210

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Ms. Chrysa Theodore
2750 Indian Ripple Road
Dayton, OH 45440 - 3638
(937) 320-1877 Extension :1102

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

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Thermal Management 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)
CRG proposes to demonstrate MG Syntactic as an incompressible, block-format, high-temperature insulation material for future Venus landers, Jupiter atmospheric probes, and other harsh environment space exploration applications. The MG Syntactic insulation includes a combination of (1) CRG's proprietary high temperature stable MG Resin as a binder, (2) light weight and high temperature insulation fillers for reduced weight and thermal conductivity, and (3) fiber reinforcements for structural performance as needed. The resulting material is incompressible, inherently tough compared with microporous ceramics, machinable, easy to work with, and highly conformable. Most importantly, its density is approximately 25% that of its ceramic counterparts and its porosity is closed-cell so the density of the gas environment that it's in should have no bearing on its thermal conductivity. All of these benefits translate to a lighter weight, more reliable insulation system in support of longer mission durations.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Supporting NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate, this project's technologies directly address requirements of thermal insulation for extreme environments for use in exploration vehicle thermal management systems. This project's technologies offer dramatic improvements in density relative to the state of the art, microporous silica materials without compromising those materials' fundamental value proposition of being incompressible, having very low thermal conductivity at high temperature, and excellent thermal stability to support long duration missions in extreme environments. The proposed technology has much broader impact for other insulation applications within Space Technology, and is in general a ubiquitous solution for lightweight, high-temperature insulation challenges.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The MG family of materials encompasses a wide array of high-temperature applications, including structural components; ablative and non-ablative insulation; and many other applications. In this effort, CRG will focus on high-temperature, light-weight insulation that is low-cost, robust, and easy to process. Initially, CRG will target aerospace markets and industrial markets where high-temperature thermal barriers are needed such as ceramic processing, petrochemical and fine chemical (refineries), and energy. Aerospace markets support high-margin, low-volume parts that align well with CRG's business model and the industrial markets are larger and more opportunities are available for new product introduction. In the longer term, MG will be able to serve customers in transportation (including rail, passenger car, and trucking), and energy (including fuel cells, distributed generation, and concentrated solar). NASA-relevant high temperature, lightweight, insulation materials also have commercial applications in mobile power (including fuel cells and generators) and internal combustion engines and exhaust components.

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.)
Fire Protection
Isolation/Protection/Radiation Shielding (see also Mechanical Systems)
Passive Systems

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