NASA SBIR 2018-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

 18-1- H5.02-1258
 Hot Structure Technology for Atmospheric Entry Vehicles
 Polymer Derived Yttrium Silicate Cermai Matrix Composite Hot Structure Materials for Atmospheric Entry Vrhicles
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Nanosonic, Inc.
158 Wheatland Drive
Pembroke , VA 24136-3645
(540) 953-1785

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Vince Baranauskas
158 Wheatland Drive Pembroke, VA 24136 - 3645
(540) 626-6266

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Melissa Campbell
158 Wheatland Drive Pembroke, VA 24136 - 3645
(540) 626-6266
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 3
End: 5
Technical Abstract

Through the proposed SBIR program, NanoSonic will provide NASA with next-generation, polymer derived yttrium silicate ceramic matrix composites (CMC) helically wound and reactively bonded to high temperature titanium alloy and carbon / carbon (C/C) substrates. NanoSonic’s CMC’s will consist of filament wound silicon carbide fibers embedded within a polymer derived yttrium silicate host matrix that has demonstrated thermo-oxidative durability in excess of 2,000 oC. NanoSonic’s filament winding CMC manufacturing process will have immediate, cost-effective scalability enabling integration within reusable, multifunctional hot structure technologies for atmospheric entry vehicles including leading edge, fuselage, and tank structures. NanoSonic is currently developing lightweight, high temperature composite wrapped gun tubes and will leverage this expertise to produce game-changing filament wound CMC’s with broad applicability in future NASA hot structure systems that are low-cost, lightweight, damage tolerant, and reusable. In support of a rapid Phase III transition, NanoSonic has generated significant defense prime interest in the proposed filament wound, polymer derived CMC technology and has an established pilot scale HybridSil manufacturing infrastructure that may transition down-selected resins to 55-gallon batch production quantities.

Potential NASA Applications

NanoSonic’s filament wound, polymer derived  CMC’s will provide a game-changing reusable, lightweight, and damage tolerant hot structure technology to NASA and aerospace engineers for next generation atmospheric entry vehicles. The proposed CMC materials  will serve as an enabling technology for reusability between  atmospheric entry missions and have near-term integration pathways within primary load-carrying aeroshell structures, control surfaces, and propulsion system components.

Potential Non-NASA Applications

Secondary non-NASA applications will include use within a broad spectrum of commercial and defense aerospace propulsion systems. By providing unprecedented combinations of manufacturing ease, high temperature durability, damage tolerance and multi-mission reusability, NanoSonic envisions considerable post applications for its polymer derived yttrium silicate CMC technology  during Phase II and III efforts with its aerospace development partners.  

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