Polymer Bonded Rolling Diaphragms (BRD)

Period of Performance: 01/10/2003 - 07/09/2003

$120K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Cornerstone Research Group, Inc.
16 ?North Camino Miramonte
Tucson, AZ 85716
Principal Investigator

Abstract

In this Phase I effort, CRG will conduct a survey on several classes of elastomeric materials to identify promising candidates for use in composite tanks for gelled propellants. The promising elastomeric materials will be evaluated and screened with respect to their thermal and mechanical properties and their chemical resistance to the gelled propellants, Inhibited Red Fuming Nitric Acid (IRFNA) and MonoMethyl Hydrazine (MMH). We will also develop the processing techniques to bond the selected elastomeric liners onto fiber-reinforced organic matrix composites and characterize the effectiveness of the adhesion bonding. In addition, we will address scale-up design issues and concerns for the liner manufacturing process in Phase I. The materials and process technology proposed have a very limited commercial market. There are very few extreme compatibility requirements that are not being met by Teflon and Viton materials in the commercial market. Teflon and Viton have established a very strong commercial market share and achieved reduce costs due to mass production. The key marketable feature of the technology to be developed is the processing capability. Success will be a manufacturing line able to produce large, single-component, engineered parts with extreme chemical resistance to specification rather than sheet stock.