NASA SBIR 2018-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 18-1- Z10.01-3302
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 Cryogenic Fluid Management
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 Additively Manufactured Propellant Tanks with Integral Propellant Acquisition Device
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
ASRC Federal Astronautics, LLC
289 Dunlop Boulevard, Building 300
Huntsville , AL 35824-1122
(256) 562-2191

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Peter Markopoulos
PMARKOPOULOS@asrcfederal.com
289 Dunlop Blvd., Bldg. 300 Huntsville, AL 35824 - 1122
(256) 562-2162

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Heather Gooden
hgooden@asrcfederal.com
289 Dunlop Blvd., Bldg. 300 Huntsville, AL 35824 - 1122
(256) 562-2072
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 1
End: 3
Technical Abstract

Advances in additive manufacturing have opened the door to affordable manufacturing of customized hardware components for meeting affordability goals and minimizing life cycle costs. Developing and offering a common, affordable, and efficiently packaged cryogenic propellant management solution for spacecraft and satellite systems would be openly welcomed within the industry.

Leveraging years of AFA’s AM experience with materials and processes coupled with commercially available design optimization software can support the development of innovative liquid acquisition devices. By employing our matured design for additive strategies coupled with effective commercial software tools we can design optimized internal lattice networks that are either as an independent LAD or as part of a wall’s skin in a continuous network to meet different structural load requirements and design targets such as LAD pore size and geometry. Using a bio-inspired artificial intelligence modeling suite for designing a randomized lattice structure to serve as a LADs vane or screen offers us full control over pore size and lattice strut thickness which can improve performance/effectiveness while reducing mass with improved volume efficiency.

Potential NASA Applications

Propellant management devices

Propellant filters and flow control devices

Transpiration cooled panels and components

Potential Non-NASA Applications

Propellant management devices

Propellant filters and flow control devices

Transpiration cooled panels and components


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