Advanced Clear Space Durable Polymer for Ultra-Lightweight Structures and Optics

Period of Performance: 01/01/2002 - 12/31/2002

$70K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Triton Systems, Inc.
200 Turnpike Road Array
Chelmsford, MA 01824
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Abstract

Triton is responding to NASA?s need for space durable polymeric materials for ultra-lightweight structures and optics with an advanced new colorless space durable polymer, TOR-NC. This new polyimide is specifically engineered for resistance to atomic oxygen (AO), ultraviolet (UV) and particle radiation. This new polyimide also has low solar absorbance and high thermal emittance. The TOR-NC polyimide is well suited for scaled-up synthesis to multi-kilogram quantities, cost reduction through co-polymer design, and prototype film production by solution casting to give space durable films with good mechanical and optical qualities. Phase I of this project will feature four innovations, first it will demonstrate multi-kilogram scale production of the diamine, from which TOR-NC derives its superior AO resistance and low color, with high purity and reproducibility; second we will optimize multi-kilogram production of high molecular weight and low color TOR-NC polymer; third Triton will develop new formulation method to reduce cost of TOR-NC polymer, and fourth we will evaluate various product forms, such as films (i.e. conductive & non-conductive) and fibers (i.e. extruded or electro spun).