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Company Information:

Company Name: Composite Technology Development, Inc.
City: Lafayette
State: CO
Zip+4: 80026-3359
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (303) 664-0394

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $6,748,706.00 74
SBIR Phase II $32,833,858.00 42
STTR Phase I $689,241.00 7
STTR Phase II $1,995,065.00 3

Award List:

COST-EFFECTIVE TECHNIQUES FOR DEVELOPMENT OF RADIATION-RESISTANT ORGANIC INSULATORS FOR SUPERCONDUCTING MAGNETS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr Maurice B Kasen
Award Amount: $49,916.00

COST-EFFECTIVE TECHNIQUES FOR DEVELOPMENT OF RADIATION-RESISTANT ORGANIC INSULATORS FOR SUPERCONDUCTING MAGNETS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr Maurice B Kasen
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
An approach to composite materials development is planned that reduces substantially the cost of conducting studies required to optimize materials selection for demanding service conditions. although applicable to many areas of advanced composite materials development, the approach is optimized for… More

THE EFFECT OF POLYMER ADDITIVES AND RESIDUAL ELEMENTS ON THECRYOGENIC PERFORMANCE AND RADIATION RESISTANCE OF INSULATORSFOR HIGH-FIELD MAGNETS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr Naseem A Munshi , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $45,000.00

THE EFFECT OF POLYMER ADDITIVES AND RESIDUAL ELEMENTS ON THECRYOGENIC PERFORMANCE AND RADIATION RESISTANCE OF INSULATORSFOR HIGH-FIELD MAGNETS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr Naseem A Munshi , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
This project will evaluate the effect of accelerators, flexibilizers, and metallic and nonmetallic residual elements on the cryogenic fatigue life of insulating materials used in superconducting magnets. these additives alter the chemical structure of epoxy-resin systems and thuswill affect the… More

RADIATION RESISTANT RADIO FREQUENCY FEEDTHROUGH INSULATORS FOR FUSION APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr James B Schutz
Award Amount: $75,000.00

RADIATION RESISTANT RADIO FREQUENCY FEEDTHROUGH INSULATORS FOR FUSION APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr James B Schutz
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
The materials currently used for radio frequency (rf) feedthrough insulators are inadequate for future fusion devices such as the international thermonuclear experimental reactor (iter). these monolithic ceramics will lose their dielectric strength, and swell in the neutron fluences expected in… More

A Unique, Sprayable Syntactic-Foam Insulation For Cryogenic Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Naseem A. Munshi , President
Award Amount: $69,950.00

Innovative, Low Viscosity, Radiation-Resistant Insulation Systems for Fusion Magnets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Naseem A. Munshi , President
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
50770-98-I Innovative, Low Viscosity, Radiation-Resistant Insulation Systems for Fusion Magnets--Composite Technology Development, Inc., 1505 Coal Creek Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026-2782; (303) 664-0394 Dr. Naseem A. Munshi, Principal Investigator Dr. Naseem A. Munshi, Business Official DOE Grant… More

Robust Ceramic Coatings for Vanadium Alloys to Use in Lithium Cooled Fusion Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Not Available Multifunctional cored composites have created the opportunity to design lighter, environmentally resistant and stealthier structures for use in the topside Navy. Typical multilayer applications, such as for the AEM/S, LPD 17 and DD21 platforms have challenged both the structural… More

Co-Processed Ceramic Insulation for High Field Accelerator Magnets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Not Available Multifunctional cored composites have created the opportunity to design lighter, environmentally resistant and stealthier structures for use in the topside Navy. Typical multilayer applications, such as for the AEM/S, LPD 17 and DD21 platforms have challenged both the structural… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: John A. Rice, Senior Materials Engineer
Award Amount: $99,993.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Naseem A. Munshi, President
Award Amount: $99,990.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Naseem A. Munshi, President
Award Amount: $69,770.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Fred L. Beavers, Director of R&D
Award Amount: $64,510.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: John A. Rice, Senior Materials Engineer
Award Amount: $0.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: John A. Rice, Senior Materials Engineer
Award Amount: $600,000.00

Deployable Antenna Hinge

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Fred Beavers, Director of R&D
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
CTD proposes to continue the development and demonstration of Elastic Memory Composite (EMC) hinges for deployable spacecraft components. Prototype EMC hinges fabricated in Phase I met or exceeded all feasibility demonstration testing goals. Thefeasibility of this approach was conclusively… More

Laser Surface Modification for Improving Corrosion Resistance of Steels Used in Coal-Fired Power Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Naseem A. Munshi, President
Award Amount: $99,835.00
Abstract:
65496 Future fusion magnet systems, as well as high energy physics (HEP) superconducting magnets, require the use of insulation systems capable of withstanding significant mechanical loads at both cryogenic and elevated temperatures, while also enduring high doses of radiation. New magnet designs… More

Novel Radiation-Resistant Insulation Systems for Fusion Magnets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Naseem A. Munshi, President
Award Amount: $900,000.00
Abstract:
60742 Magnet systems for Next Step Option (NSO) fusion devices will require insulation systems that can tolerate exposure to high levels of radiation as well as cryogenic and elevated temperatures. Currently available insulation systems either will not meet these requirements, or will… More

Novel Radiation-Resistant Insulation Systems for Fusion Magnets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Naseem A. Munshi, President
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
60742 Magnet systems for Next Step Option (NSO) fusion devices will require insulation systems that can tolerate exposure to high levels of radiation as well as cryogenic and elevated temperatures. Currently available insulation systems either will not meet these requirements, or will… More

Radiation Resistant Insulation with Improved Shear Strength for Fusion Magnets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: John A. Rice
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
70312 In many next-step fusion magnet designs, the shear strength of the insulation and its adhesion to the conductor are limiting factors. These designs require significant changes (such as applying large compressive loads or increasing part cross-sections) to accommodate the low… More

Innovative Organic and Inorganic High-Pressure Laminate Insulation for Fusion and Superconducting Magnets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Naseem A. Munshi
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
65496 Magnet systems for Next Step Option (NSO) fusion devices will require insulation systems that can tolerate exposure to high levels of radiation as well as cryogenic and elevated temperatures. Currently available insulation systems either will not meet these requirements, or will… More

Innovative Organic and Inorganic High-Pressure Laminate Insulation for Fusion and Superconducting Magnets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Naseem A. Munshi
Award Amount: $747,302.00
Abstract:
65496 Magnet systems for Next Step Option (NSO) fusion devices will require insulation systems that can tolerate exposure to high levels of radiation as well as cryogenic and elevated temperatures. Currently available insulation systems either will not meet these requirements, or will… More

LOX Compatible Polymer Composite Cryogenic Pressure Vessel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Naseem A. Munshi, President
Award Amount: $69,786.00
Abstract:
"CTD will develop and demonstrate an engineered composite material specifically for use in cryogenic liquid oxygen (LOX) tanks. This effort will provide a composite material with acceptable and well-understood LOX compatibility and suitable mechanicalproperties. CTD will identify and screen… More

Magnetoelectroelastic Wireless Heater for EMC

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Mark S. Lake, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $69,682.00
Abstract:
"Composite Technology Development, Inc. (CTD) proposes to develop and demonstrate an innovative method for providing wireless actuation energy to smart deployment and release devices incorporating CTDOs Elastic Memory Composite (EMC) material. In Phase I,CTD will demonstrate the feasibility of the… More

Non-Microcracking Polymer Composite Cryogenic Pressure Vessel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Naseem A. Munshi, President
Award Amount: $69,873.00
Abstract:
"CTD will develop and demonstrate an engineered composite material for use in cryogenic pressure vessels. This effort will provide a composite material that does not microcrack and has suitable properties. Candidate composite materials will be designed.Test laminates will be fabricated and tested… More

Shockless, Thermally Actuated Release Nut

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Mark Lake, Dir. Technology Programs
Award Amount: $69,829.00
Abstract:
"Spacecraft require a variety of separation and release devices to accomplish mission-related functions. Composite Technology Development, Inc. and Starsys Research Corporation propose to develop and demonstrate an innovative, non-pyrotechnic, shocklessretention and release device called the… More

Laminated, Electroformed Shape Memory Composite Technology for Thin, Lightweight Space and Ground-Based Deployable Mirrors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Northwestern University
Principal Investigator: Naseem A. Munshi, President
Award Amount: $99,707.00
RI Contact: Dr.Melville P. Ulmer
Abstract:
"Composite Technology Development, Inc. and Northwestern University propose to develop the smart materials technology, manufacturing processes and engineering methods that will enable the design and fabrication of reliable, robust and economical thin,lightweight deployable composite mirrors for… More

Non-Microcracking Polymer Composite Cryogenic Pressure Vessel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Naseem A. Munshi, President
Award Amount: $751,195.00
Abstract:
The proposed work aims to develop, characterize and demonstrate a novel and highly innovative engineering method for lightweight, microcrack-resistant, all-composite tanks used in the mixing, storage and transport of harsh chemicals. The work will focuson the development of novel toughened,… More

Vacuum Pressure Impregnation Insulation Systems for High Temperature Fusion Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul Fabian
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
72336S03-I Newly designed and proposed fusion magnet systems will require electrical insulation capable of withstanding high temperatures and high doses of radiation. Due to the lack of cost effective insulation systems that meet these criteria, many new magnet systems are being designed around… More

Radiation Resistant Insulation with Improved Shear Strength for Fusion Magnets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul A. Fabian
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
70312S02-II Magnet insulation materials, used in many Next-Step Option fusion research devices, will be subjected to high stresses at both cryogenic and elevated temperatures. Unfortunately, at high stress levels, their low shear strength and their inability to adhere to the copper conductors… More

Innovative Inorganic Fusion Magnet Insulation Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul Fabian
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
72206S03-I Magnet systems for Next Step Option (NSO) fusion devices will require insulation systems that can tolerate exposure to high levels of radiation as well as both cryogenic and elevated temperatures. Currently available insulation systems either: (1) do not meet these requirements; or (2)… More

LOX Compatible Polymer Composite Cryogenic Pressure Vessel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Naseem A. Munshi, President
Award Amount: $699,318.00
Abstract:
The proposed work aims to develop, characterize and demonstrate a novel and highly innovative hybrid material system for lightweight, linerless all-composite tanks used in the mixing, storage and transport of harsh chemicals. The proposed effort willfocus on the development and characterization of… More

Self-Locking Linear Actuator for Precision Deployment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Mark S. Lake, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $69,796.00
Abstract:
Future Space-Based Laser (SBL) weapons and high-resolution imaging systems will incorporate large, deployable reflectors that must efficiently package for launch. However, the use of deployment mechanisms can severely affect the dimensional stability ofthese structures. Composite Technology… More

Lightweight Composite Chemical Storage Tank

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Naseem A. Munshi, President
Award Amount: $69,687.00
Abstract:
Composite Technology Development, Inc. (CTD) proposes to develop and demonstrate a novel hybrid composite material for application to lightweight chemical storage tanks for MDA applications. In Phase I, CTD will address the key feasibility issues for thenovel hybrid material, including long-term… More

Radiation Resistant Insulation with Improved Shear Strength for Fusion Magnets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul A. Fabian
Award Amount: $749,451.00
Abstract:
70312S02-II Magnet insulation materials, used in many Next-Step Option fusion research devices, will be subjected to high stresses at both cryogenic and elevated temperatures. Unfortunately, at high stress levels, their low shear strength and their inability to adhere to the copper conductors… More

Composite Tank Design to Limit Fatigue-Induced Microcracking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Kaushik Mallick, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,699.00
RI Contact: Frank Yazdani
Abstract:
In this Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, Composite Technology Development, Inc. (CTD) and our Research Institution partner North Dakota State University (NDSU) propose to implement a integrated systematic approach to designingreusable composite tanks for ABL applications. … More

Large Moment Arm Propulsive Attitude Control System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Mark S. Lake, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $99,633.00
Abstract:
Composite Technology Development, Inc. proposes to develop and demonstrate a unique and innovative large moment arm propulsive Attitude Control System (ACS) for small satellites, incorporating an Elastic Memory Composite deployable boom with amicro-propulsion thruster at its tip. The proposed Phase… More

Innovative Inorganic Fusion Magnet Insulation Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul E. Fabian, Mr.
Award Amount: $749,992.00
Abstract:
72206-Magnet systems for Next Step Option (NSO) fusion devices will require insulation systems that can tolerate exposure to high levels of radiation as well as both cryogenic and elevated temperatures. Currently available insulation systems either: (1) do not meet these requirements; or (2)… More

Lightweight Composite Chemical Storage Tank

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kaushik Mallick, Sr. Program Manager
Award Amount: $749,351.00
Abstract:
In Phase I, Composite Technology Development, Inc. (CTD) began development of an innovative new type of material that will become the key enabling technology for linerless composite tanks. In Phase II, CTD proposes to continue and expand the material development and characterization effort,… More

TEMBOT EMC Deployable Components for the PowerSail Solar Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mark S. Lake, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $99,948.00
Abstract:
Composite Technology Development, Inc. (CTD) will work jointly with Lockheed Martin Astronautics Company (LMAC) to develop innovative, high-efficiency Elastic Memory Composite (EMC) structural components, such as deployment hinges and booms, for the PowerSail system. These hinges and booms will be… More

FalconSat-3 EMC Boom Deployment and Packaging Optimization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mark S. Lake, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $99,974.00
Abstract:
Composite Technology Development, Inc. (CTD) proposes to optimize the deployment, packaging and control of an Elastic Memory Composite (EMC) deployable boom for the FalconSat-3 mission. In Phase I, CTD will optimize the deployment, packaging and control of the EMC boom longeron through the design,… More

TEMBOT EMC Pultruded Longerons for Furlable Truss Booms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mark S. Lake, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $99,817.00
Abstract:
Composite Technology Development, Inc. (CTD) proposes to develop a high strength, high stiffness longeron incorporating CTD's TEMBOT Elastic Memory Composite (EMC) material, which could be used as the main structural element in a wide variety of furlable truss boom designs. The proposed longeron… More

All-composite pipes for cryogenic applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kaushik Mallick, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,946.00
Abstract:
Composite Technology Development, Inc. (CTD) proposes to develop unique new composite materials that can meet the microcrack resistance, impermeability, and thermal stability requirements of lightweight, linerless composite pipes for cryogenic applications.

Shape Recovery Polymer Nanocomposites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steven C. Arzberger, Sr. Chemist
Award Amount: $99,587.00
Abstract:
In Phase I, we will identify baseline PNC capabilities and fabricate promising shape recovery PNCs. We will evaluate shape recovery performance, force exerted, energy recovery efficiency, strain recovery, actuation energy, operating temperature range, and reproducibility. We will also explore… More

Multi-Continuum Analysis Code for EMC Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mark S. Lake, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $99,936.00
Abstract:
Composite Technology Development, Inc. proposes to develop a multi-continuum finite element analysis (FEA) code for highly strained EMC materials. The multi-continuum analysis approach will allow extraction of stress and strain fields for the composite matrix and reinforcement fiber, in the course… More

Multi-Continuum Theory for Linerless Composite Tank Design

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kaushik Mallick, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,419.00
Abstract:
In Phase I, CTD will identify design and operational requirements for linerless composite tanks, and will define structural analysis approaches for these tanks incorporating Multi-Continuum Theory (MCT). CTD will use MCT in conjunction with conventional structural analysis to predict the damage… More

Innovative, Low Cost, Radiation-Resistant Fusion Magnet Insulation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul E. Fabian, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
75747-Newly designed and proposed fusion magnet systems will require electrical insulation capable of withstanding high temperatures and high radiation doses. The lack of cost-effective, radiation-resistant insulation systems is compromising the design and operation of these devices. Therefore,… More

FalconSat-3 EMC Boom Deployment and Packaging Optimization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mark Lake, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $1,501,563.00
Abstract:
In Phase II, CTD will continue to develop and scale-up key TEMBOr Elastic Memory Composite materials and fabrication technologies developed in the FalconSat-3 boom Phase I program, including laminate fabrication, embedded heater design, and packaging technologies, for application to future AFRL… More

TEMBOr EMC Pultruded Longerons for Furlable Truss Booms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mark Lake, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $889,780.00
Abstract:
In Phase II program, Composite Technology Development, Inc. proposes to develop TEMBOr Elastic Memory Composite (EMC) structural elements, such as longerons, battens, and fittings, for next-generation deployable spacecraft structures. CTD will define advanced EMC deployable boom concepts, derive… More

TEMBOr EMC Deployable Components for the PowerSail Solar Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mark Lake, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $1,499,158.00
Abstract:
In Phase II, Composite Technology Development, Inc. proposes to develop and validate innovative designs for Elastic Memory Composite (EMC) components and the array structural system of the 2008 PowerSail technology flight demonstration mission. This program will provide a significant demonstration… More

Shape Recovery Polymer Nanocomposites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steven Arzberger, Senior Chemist
Award Amount: $725,620.00
Abstract:
The primary focus of the proposed Phase II effort is to further understand the BiPolymericT phenomenon, thus enabling increased deployment capabilities, and the engineering of BiPolymericT solid-state actuators and mechanisms suitable for practical use. The proposed effort includes material… More

Multi-continuum Analysis Code for EMC Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mark Lake, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $890,077.00
Abstract:
In Phase II, CTD proposes to expand the current ability of Multi-Continuum Theory, an innovative approach for modeling the nonlinear constitutive and failure behavior of Elastic Memory Composite (EMC) materials, to predict key EMC material behaviors, such as fiber microbuckling, deployment energy,… More

Downhole Heater Cables for Oil Shale Recovery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew W. Hooker, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,939.00
Abstract:
78469S Downhole heaters, capable of long-term 900¿C operation, are needed to assist in oil shale recovery. Currently available mineral-insulated (MI) cables are not capable of surviving the temperature or downhole environmental conditions encountered in this application. Additionally, the… More

New Highly Radiation-Resistant Insulation Process for High Field Accelerator Magnets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul E. Fabian, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,990.00
Abstract:
78092S High performance, wind-before-react magnet insulation systems, which enable the use of thinner insulation for close packing of the conductor and can withstand high radiation loads, are needed for future accelerator magnets such as the Large Hadron Collider project. However, the most… More

Innovative Nanoparticle Insulation Systems for Fusion Magnets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul E. Fabian, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,985.00
Abstract:
78759S Fusion magnets require insulation materials that possess high shear strength, excellent electrical insulation characteristics, and radiation resistance. Improvements in insulation technology can contribute to improved magnet performance, and will enable scientists and engineers to overcome… More

Multi-Continuum Theory for Linerless Composite Tank Design

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kaushik Mallick, Sr. Program Manager
Award Amount: $749,916.00
Abstract:
The proposed Phase II program will continue to develop and refine the Multicontinuum Theory (MCT)-based analytical approach for predicting progressive microcracking damage and permeability in linerless composite tanks. The permeability of representative subscale components will be measured to… More

Innovative, Low Cost, Radiation-Resistant Fusion Magnet Insulation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew W. Hooker, Dr.
Award Amount: $652,500.00
Abstract:
75747S Newly designed and proposed fusion magnet systems will require electrical insulation capable of withstanding high temperatures and high radiation doses. The lack of cost-effective, radiation-resistant insulation systems is compromising the design and operation of these devices. Therefore,… More

TEMBOr Bi-Morphing, Controllable Composite Laminates for SBR Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Marc R. Schultz, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,496.00
Abstract:
The proposed program will develop and demonstrate an innovative concept for achieving bi-morphing shape control in composite panels and structural elements, through the use of TEMBOr BiPolymericT actuator technology. The concept represents a novel adaptation of Elastic Memory Composite technology… More

Downhole Heater Cables for Oil Shale Recovery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew W. Hooker, Dr.
Award Amount: $749,897.00
Abstract:
Downhole heaters capable of long-term high-temperature operation are needed to assist in oil shale recovery. However, currently available, mineral insulated (MI) cables are not capable of surviving the temperature or other downhole environmental conditions encountered in this application. This… More

New Highly Radiation-Resistant Insulation Process for High Field Accelerator Magnets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew W. Hooker, Dr.
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
High-field accelerator magnets based on niobium-tin superconductor technology are planned for use in several U.S. high energy physics programs. The use of these materials requires a high-temperature process to complete the production of the coil. As part of the process, a ceramic insulating layer… More

Thermally Stable Nano-Reinforced Materials for Space Radar Reflectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert Taylor, Lead Engineer
Award Amount: $99,887.00
Abstract:
This Phase I SBIR program will assess the suitability of using nano-reinforced polymer resins in carbon-fiber-reinforced composite materials for the reflective surface of advanced large-aperture space radar and/or communication reflectors. These materials will provide high thermal stability and… More

Lightweight Linerless Cryogenic Composite Tanks for Near-Space Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kaushik Mallick, Sr. Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,700.00
Abstract:
In Phase I, Composite Technology Development, Inc. (CTD) proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of a linerless composite cryogenic tank design that will help reduce the system weight and increase the fuel carrying capability of airships or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), thus enabling Air Force… More

TEMBOr Foam for Morphing Wing Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Principal Investigator: Douglas Campbell, Sr. Engineer
Award Amount: $99,939.00
RI Contact: Christopher E. D'Urbano
Abstract:
In recent years there has been significant interest in developing morphing air vehicles that would be able to fly efficiently over a wide range of flight regimes to meet new mission profiles. Though morphing-wing concepts have been around for many years, it has been determined that conventional… More

Wind-and-React Magnet Insulation with Low Radiation-Induced Outgassing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew W. Hooker, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
High-field magnets, used in particle accelerators for high energy physics research, require insulation materials that can be processed at elevated temperatures (600 to 900 C) and withstand exposure to high levels of radiation during operation. This project will develop and demonstrate a… More

Propulsor Blade Advanced Composite Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Douglas Campbell, Sr. Engineer
Award Amount: $69,960.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Navy has significant interest in the development of composite materials which substantially improve the performance of composite propulsor blades. Improvements in erosion resistance (e.g., cavitation, rain, and sand) and impact durability are of particular interest. These improvements… More

Advanced Composite Materials for Air Cushion Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Douglas Campbell, Senoir Engineer
Award Amount: $69,938.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Navy has significant interest in the development of advanced, lightweight structural concepts for the next generation of Air Cushion Vehicles (ACV) that enable enhanced operation performance. In particular, these structural concepts must provide reduced weight and life-cycle costs with… More

Advanced Technologies and Materials for Fusion Energy Systems/Superconducting Magnets and Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: University of Tennessee
Principal Investigator: Matthew Hooker, Dr
Award Amount: $99,995.00
RI Contact: William Hamel
Abstract:
The Department of Energy is developing a series of machines that will further advance the nation¿s fusion energy program. The magnets used in these systems will require advanced insulation solutions, in order to allow for operation at elevated temperatures and in high-radiation environments. The… More

Nanocomposite Insulation for 2G Superducting Wires

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew Hooker, Dr
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Department of Energy, in collaboration with several industry participants, is developing power-distribution systems based on second generation (2G) high-temperature superconducting (HTS) wires. Over the past few years, U.S. industry has made considerable improvements in the electrical… More

Precision Hinge Actuator for Advanced Telescope Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert M. Taylor, Ph.D, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,988.00
Abstract:
CTD proposes to investigate the deployment repeatability and microdynamic stability of a hinge and demonstration this repeatability in a deployable mirror test article, which incorporates the proposed precision self-locking hinge actuator. If successful, the proposed device will be substantially… More

Lightweight Linerless Cryogenic Composite Tanks for Near-Space Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kaushik Mallick, Senior Manager
Award Amount: $744,169.00
Abstract:
In this Phase II SBIR program, CTD will design lightweight, composite satellite bus structures with integrated tanks and pressure vessels. Two key areas of technology will be developed and exploited to bring these lightweight bus structures to fruition. One is the development of an integrated tank… More

Adaptive Materials for Morphing Aircraft Skins

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Principal Investigator: Steven Arzberger, Sr. Chemist
Award Amount: $749,685.00
RI Contact: Christopher E. D'Urbano
Abstract:
The overarching objective of the proposed Phase II is to increase the technology readiness level to enable technology insertion at the conclusion of the Phase II effort. During Phase II, efforts will focus on the optimization of novel adaptive materials enabling future morphing aircraft… More

Wind-and-React Magnet Insulation with Low Radiation-Induced Outgassing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew W. Hooker, Dr
Award Amount: $649,977.00
Abstract:
Superconductors such as Nb3Sn and MgB2 are being considered for use in several government and commercial magnet systems. These materials require high-temperature reaction processes at temperatures on the order of 600 to 700°C. Electrical insulation materials that can withstand the… More

Passively Deployed Lightweight Solar Array Structure for Thinned-Multijunction Solar Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert Taylor, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $99,961.00
Abstract:
Current deployable solar array systems are based on designs that have been in existence for more than 30 years. In general, these heritage designs can be divided into two classes: 1) hinged-panel arrays, which are mechanically simple but mass inefficient, and 2) tensioned-membrane arrays, which are… More

Low Cost Solid Surface Deployable Reflector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert Taylor, Principle Engineer
Award Amount: $99,988.00
Abstract:
Future Air Force satellites will require large aperture RF antennas for various missions in communications, signals intelligence, and Radar. At the same time, Operation Responsive Space (ORS) is striving to develop small satellite technology to provide flexibility and adaptability to meet new and… More

Adaptive Structures for Micro Munition Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Douglas Campbell, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,991.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Air Force has significant interest in the development of adaptive structures for micro munition platforms. However, power, mass and cost constraints significantly limits the applicability of existing adaptive structure concepts for these smaller platforms. To address these challenges, CTD… More

A Novel Approach to Impregnating Structural Resin into Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Assemblies to Yield Ultrahigh-Loaded Polymer Nanocomposites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: THE UNIV. OF TEXAS AT DALLAS
Principal Investigator: Steven Arzberger, Senior Chemist
Award Amount: $69,998.00
RI Contact: Ray H. Baughman
Abstract:
The primary objective of this program is the investigation of new approaches to achieve well-dispersed ultrahigh loading of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in structural resins for advanced composites. "Well-dispersed" means CNTs that are optimally dispersed for achieving desired properties like strength,… More

A Novel Test Method for Measuring Interlaminar Tensile Strength of Ceramic Matrix Composites at High Temperature

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dash Weeks, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $79,999.00
Abstract:
The use of ceramic matrix composite (CMC) materials in aero-engine hot-section components has grown substantially over recent decades. Attributes that make these materials attractive to aero-engine designers include their lower specific weight, higher creep resistance, higher thermoshock resistance… More

Surface Optimization Techniques for Deployable Reflectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert Taylor, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Existing communications systems for spacecraft provide a choice between either large aperture (>3m) or high frequency (>X-band), but not both. These systems use either deployable mesh reflectors, which are limited in their operating frequency by the facets and RF reflectivity of the mesh itself, or… More

Propulsor Blade Advanced Composite Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Douglas Campbell, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $448,946.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Navy has significant interest in the development of composite materials that substantially improve the performance of composite propulsor blades. Improvements in erosion resistance (e.g., cavitation, rain, and sand), impact durability and high-cycle fatigue are of particular interest. … More

Nanocomposite Insulation for 2G Superducting Wires

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew Hooker, Dr
Award Amount: $749,990.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Department of Energy, in collaboration with several industry participants, is developing power-distribution systems based on second generation high-temperature superconducting (HTS) wires and cables. U.S. industry has made considerable improvements in the electrical performance and… More

Improved High-Temperature ESP Motor Lead Extension Cables for Reliable Geothermal Power Production

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew Hooker, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,980.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Department of Energy is developing geothermal power production as an environmentally-clean, renewable energy source. For this technology to be commercially viable, several technologies are needed to enable long-term, reliable operation of the well pumps in the downhole environment. This… More

Low Cost Deployable Calibration Structure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert Taylor, Principle Engineer
Award Amount: $99,953.00
Abstract:
The U.S. has an inadequate capability to precisely calibrate ground and space-based Space Situational Awareness (SSA) sensors (U.S. SOSI system) with objects of known signatures. There is a need for a low cost, space-based capability that provides simultaneous electro-optical (EO), infrared (IR),… More

Surface Optimization Techniques for Deployable Reflectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert Taylor, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,999.00
Abstract:
Under this and several other programs, CTD has developed TEMBOREG deployable solid-surface reflectors (TEMBOREG Reflectors) to provide future NASA and Air Force missions and commercial communications satellites with large RF apertures that can operate at very high operational frequencies (Ka band… More

SBIR Phase I: Novel Fire-Resistant Toughened Benzoxazine Resins

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Matthew W. Hooker, DEng
Award Amount: $99,949.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project seeks to develop and demonstrate flame-resistant, polymer-composite materials based on novel benzoxazine resin chemistries. Recent work by Composite Technology Development, Inc. (CTD) has shown that thermosetting polymer resins based on these… More

A Novel Approach to Impregnating Structural Resin into Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Assemblies to Yield Ultrahigh-Loaded Polymer Nanocomposites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: The University of Texas at Dallas
Principal Investigator: Steven Arzberger, Senior Chemist
Award Amount: $495,415.00
RI Contact: Ray H. Baughman
Abstract:
The primary objective of this program is the further development of ultrahigh-loaded carbon nanotube (CNT) polymer composites as next-generation structural materials. In Phase II, Composite Technology Development, Inc. (CTD) and The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) propose significant… More

Adaptive Structures for Micro Munition Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Douglas Campbell, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $749,186.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Air Force has significant interest in the development of adaptive structures for micro munition platforms. However, power, mass and cost constraints significantly limits the applicability of existing adaptive structure concepts for these smaller platforms. To address these challenges, CTD… More

Passively Deployed Lightweight Solar Array Structure for Thinned-Multijunction Solar Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert Taylor, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $749,996.00
Abstract:
Current deployable solar array systems are based on designs that have been in existence for more than 30 years. In general, these heritage designs can be divided into two classes: 1) hinged-panel arrays, which are mechanically simple but mass inefficient, and 2) tensioned-membrane arrays, which are… More

Advanced Composite Materials for Tidal Turbine Blades

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Douglas Campbell, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,812.00
Abstract:
The DOE is interested in the development of efficient tidal turbine systems to help meet the future energy needs of the United States. State-of-the-art tidal turbine systems feature composite tidal turbine blades. Unfortunately, composite materials possess questionable durability characteristics… More

Improved High-Temperature ESP Motor Lead Extension Cables for Reliable Geothermal Power Production

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew Hooker, Dr.
Award Amount: $749,950.00
Abstract:
Geothermal energy has the potential to provide a significant source of clean, renewable energy for the United States. However, for geothermal energy to be economically viable, advanced technologies are needed to enable the transport of geothermal fluids to the surface from depths on the order of 3… More

Low Cost Orbital Debris Capture Net and Solar Sail

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert Taylor, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Operational satellites are at risk from a growing threat of orbital debris generated by satellite explosions and collisions. There are currently 19,000 objects larger than 10 cm being currently tracked by the U.S. Space Surveillance Network and an estimated 500,000 particles between 1 and 10 cm in… More

Deployable Articulating Array for Nanosatellites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert Taylor, Sr. Finance and Contracts Manager
Award Amount: $69,961.00
Abstract:
The proposed innovation is targeted at inexpensive and operationally responsive nanosatellite platforms with a total stowed volume of 32cm x 20cm x 20cm or less. Such technologies currently suffer from limited functionality due to undesirable power constraints. The proposed innovation is an… More

Low Cost Deployable Calibration Structure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Robert Taylor, Principle Engineer – (303) 664-0394
Award Amount: $749,972.00
Abstract:
The U.S. has an inadequate capability to precisely calibrate ground and space-based Space Situational Awareness (SSA) sensors (U.S. SOSI system) with objects of known signatures. There is a need for a low cost, space-based capability that provides simultaneous electro-optical (EO), infrared (IR),… More

Lightweight, High Power Density HTS Cables

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mattew Hooker, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,905.00
Abstract:
Next-generation cruisers being developed under the U.S. Navy's CG(X) program will have significantly higher power demands than the current Ticonderoga-class vessels. Therefore, this proposed program will address the need for low-cost, high-power-density cables based on HTS technology. It is… More

SBIR Phase II:Novel Fire-Resistant Toughened Benzoxazines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Matthew W. Hooker
Award Amount: $464,124.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project seeks to develop and demonstrate flame-resistant, polymer-composite materials based on novel benzoxazine resin chemistries. In the Phase I project, low-viscosity benzoxazine resins were synthesized and composite formulations prepared… More

Portable Array Module for Disaster Relief and Expeditionary Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Taylor, VP of Technology
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
There is a need for transportable alternative energy systems capable of providing 5 - 50 kW of renewable electric power. The proposed Portable Array Module (PAM) meets this need, promising a new age of energy production and storage in situations where highly reliable energy sources must be… More

Engineered Polymer Materials for Shock Mitigation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dougals Campbell, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,984.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Navy has significant interest in the development of advanced material enabling shock mitigation in LCS-module connections systems. Composite Technology Development (CTD) proposes a multidisciplinary approach to develop and qualify novel, polymer materials for incorporation into… More

Insulation Materials and Processes for Helium Penetrations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew Hooker, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The United States

Recovery Act - Advanced Manufacturing Technologies for Composite Tidal Turbine Blades

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Michael Hulse, Dr.
Award Amount: $149,937.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Department of Energy is developing technologies to expand and improve the U.S.

Roll-Out De-Orbiting Device

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert Taylor, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,974.00
Abstract:
NASA intends to place small spacecraft (<100kg) and very small spacecraft (<15kg) into a variety of orbits. Methods and technologies are needed to intentionally de-orbit these spacecraft at end of mission, or upon loss of control and function. CTD has developed a family of highly mass… More

Composite Rolled Magnetometer and Instrument Boom

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert Taylor, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,975.00
Abstract:
Magnetometers are the most common instrument flown on NASA science missions and interference from onboard electronics requires that these instruments be deployed away from the spacecraft. Particle sensors and electric field sensors can have similar requirements creating a significant need for… More

Deployable Composite Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert Taylor, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
NASA is seeking innovative structure technologies that will advance expandable exploration space modules and surface based habitats. To address this need CTD has proposed to develop multi-functional, highly mass efficient deployable composite structures. These composite structures will build upon… More

Insulation Materials and Processes for Helium Penetrations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew Hooker, Dr.
Award Amount: $999,912.00
Abstract:
The United States contributions to ITER include the design, development, and construction of the Central Solenoid magnet system. A key challenge in the fabrication of this device is providing electrically insulating the penetrations through which helium enters the magnet system. The proposed… More

High Compliance Carbon Nanotube based Thermal Interface Material for Space Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: John Cronin, Senior Engineer – (303) 664-0394
Award Amount: $99,929.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The U.S. Air Force is seeking high-thermal conductivity gaskets to improve the thermal efficiency of space-based electronic systems. Advanced gasket materials will enhance the performance of electronic packages by improving heat dissipation during operation. Moreover, thermal management… More

Low-cost Polybenzoxazene Composites for High Performance Shipboard Radomes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Matthew Hooker, Senior Engineer – (303) 664-0394
Award Amount: $149,956.00
Abstract:
Radomes are key components of future Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) systems and are aboard almost every surface vessel in the Navy. These structures provide protection for the radar face, but the long-term instability of existing radome materials can interfere with the transmission and… More

Engineered Low Density Buoyancy Foams for Deep Submersibles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Hulse, Senior Engineer – (303) 664-0394
Award Amount: $79,980.00
Abstract:
Deep submersibles that reach the deepest part of the ocean, such as the Human Occupied Deep Submersible Vehicle Alvin (Alvin), rely on syntactic buoyancy foam to return to the surface. Alvin is currently capable of reaching depths of up to 4500 meters, which allows for the exploration of… More

Deployable Articulating Array for Nanosatellites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Robert Taylor, VP of Technology – (303) 664-0394
Award Amount: $779,736.00
Abstract:
The CubeSat Articulated Solar Array (CASA) will enable 3U CubeSats to carry large, sun-tracking arrays generating 50W of on-orbit average power. This represents a tenfold increase in available power over CubeSats with body mounted solar panels. Insufficient power is one of the key limitations… More

Lightweight, High Power Density HTS Cables

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Matthew Hooker, Senior Program Manager – (303) 664-0394
Award Amount: $749,905.00
Abstract:
Next-generation warships under development by the U.S. Navy will have significantly higher power demands than those in the current fleet. The additional power is needed to support the advanced radar, weapons, and propulsion systems, and the distribution of shipboard power will require a significant… More

Portable Array Module for Disaster Relief and Expeditionary Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Taylor, VP of Technology – (303) 664-0394
Award Amount: $499,995.00
Abstract:
There is a need for transportable alternative energy systems capable of providing renewable electric power. The proposed Portable Array Module (PAM) meets this need, promising a new age of sustainable clean energy production and portability in situations where highly reliable energy sources must be… More

Deployable Composite Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert Taylor, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,976.00
Abstract:
NASA is seeking innovative structure technologies that will advance expandable modules for orbital and surface based habitats. These secondary structures must increase utilization of the primary pressurized volumes by accommodating hardware, experiments, storage space, and cable routing. The… More

Microcrack Resistant Matrix Materials for Out-of-Autoclave Processing of Composite Cryogenic Tanks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Kaushik Mallick, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,999.00
Abstract:
The next generation of launch vehicles under development by NASA requires significant mass reduction to fully meet mission and performance needs. For example, NASA is aiming to create a new generation of heavy-lift launch vehicles to support both human spaceflight and space exploration missions. … More

High-Shear-Strength, Radiation-Resistant Electrical Insulations for Plasma Confinement Magnets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew Hooker, Dr. – 303-664-0394
Award Amount: $149,923.00
Abstract:
The United States Department of Energy is developing several devices to advance the development of fusion energy. Key components of these systems are the large, complex magnet systems used to shape and confine the plasma. Electrical insulations are needed to ensure that these magnets operate… More

Thermal Interface Materials Based on Carbon Nanotube Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kaushik Mallick, Senior Program Manager – (303) 664-0394
Award Amount: $743,202.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The Phase II SBIR program aims to fabricate, test and qualify carbon nanotube based thermal interface materials (TIMs) suitable for use on an Air Force spacecraft mission. Traditional TIMs consist of filled epoxies or rubbers that can be hazardous, time-consuming, and difficult to rework… More

Low Cost Polybenzoxazine Prepreg for Shipboard Radomes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Matthew Hooker, VP of Operations – (303) 664-0394
Award Amount: $749,987.00
Abstract:
Radomes are key components of future Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) systems and are aboard almost every surface vessel in the Navy. These structures provide protection for the radar face, but the long-term environmental instability of existing radome materials can interfere with the… More

Portable Array Module for Disaster Relief and Expeditionary Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Robert Taylor, VP of Technology – (303) 664-0394
Award Amount: $1,799,980.00
Abstract:
There is a need for transportable alternative energy systems capable of providing renewable electric power. The proposed Portable Array Module (PAM) meets this need, promising a new age of sustainable clean energy production and portability in situations where highly reliable energy sources must be… More

Cost-Effective and Environmentally Friendly Manufacturing of Epoxy Foams

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dana Turse, Ms.
Award Amount: $149,955.00
Abstract:
There is interest to make improvements to foam currently on the market to improve performance (mechanical, thermal, etc.), reduce environmental impacts, and minimize health and safety issues associated with the chemicals and processes used to make foams. Foams made from epoxies, particularly using a… More

Optimizing the Cost and Performance of Composite Cylinders for H2 Storage using a Graded Construction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Kaushik Mallick, Dr.
Award Amount: $154,991.00
Abstract:
The US DOE is very interested in promoting on-board vehicular hydrogen storage systems that will allow for a driving range of greater than 300 miles while meeting packaging, cost, safety, and performance requirements. The state-of-the-art H2 storage vessels that meet these requirements are too… More

High-Shear-Strength, Radiation-Resistant Electrical Insulations for Plasma Confinement Magnets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew Hooker, Dr.
Award Amount: $999,980.00
Abstract:
The United States Department of Energy is developing several devices to advance the development of fusion energy. Plans for future major fusion machines will undoubtedly utilize superconducting magnets which operate at 4K or below. Magnets for smaller fusion research devices may also be built… More

Tubular Extendible Lock-Out Composite Boom (STELOC

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert Taylor, VP of Technology
Award Amount: $124,986.00
Abstract:
Mass and volume efficient solar arrays are sought by NASA, DoD and commercial space to enable high power missions from 20-30 kW up to 300 kW. Flexible substrate arrays can have higher specific power (W/kg) and specific volume (kW/m3) than conventional arrays. Typical designs for flexible substrate… More

Microcrack Resistant Matrix Materials for Out-of-Autoclave Processing of Composite Cryogenic Tanks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Paul Fabian, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $699,829.00
Abstract:
NASA is keen on advancing technologies for lightweight composite cryotanks for heavy lift vehicles for future NASA missions. Two primary challenges must be overcome to enable the use of composite tanks for these new classes of heavy launchers. One is to develop novel, microcrack-resistant, polymer… More

Benzoxazine Matrix Composite Bearing Materials for Arresting Gear Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Andrea Haight, Sr. Program Manager – (303) 664-0394
Award Amount: $149,914.00
Abstract:
Carrier aviation is dependent on the ability to recover aircraft expeditiously and safely aboard ship. The system that arrests the aircraft, the Arresting Gear system, utilizes slippers or bearing materials between moving components. The Arresting Gear system on Navy carrier aircraft utilizes… More

Cost Effective Solar Array based on High Efficiency Thin-Film Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Research Institution: University of Colorado Boulder
Principal Investigator: Robert Taylor, VP of Tehcnology – (303) 664-0394
Award Amount: $149,969.00
RI Contact: Pete Withnell
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: This Phase I effort will involve the development of an ultra low cost, high specific power, modular and flexible solar array module using currently available thin-film solar cells, innovative interconnects, and flexible encapsulation. The high efficiency thin-film solar cells will enable… More

Radiation-Resistant Insulation for HTS Confinement Magnets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew Hooker, Dr.
Award Amount: $149,966.00
Abstract:
The successful implementation of fusion energy will require large superconducting magnets that shape and confine high-energy plasmas. Magnets made with YBCO superconductors hold promise for being able to achieve the high fields needed for the production of commercial-scale fusion energy. However,… More

Late Award - Optimizing the Cost and Performance of Composite Cylinders for H2 Storage using a Graded Construction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Andrea Haight, Dr.
Award Amount: $999,927.00
Abstract:
The U.S. DOE is very interested in promoting on-board vehicular hydrogen storage systems that will enable a driving range of greater than 300 miles while meeting packaging, cost, safety, and performance requirements. State-of-the-art hydrogen storage vessels that meet these requirements are… More