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FLEXIBLE, HIGH CHAR YIELD HYBRIDSIL ADHESIVE MATERIALS FOR NEXT GENERATION ABLATIVE THERMAL PROTECTION SYSTEMS, Phase I

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NanoSonic will create and empirically validate flexible, high char yield HybridSil adhesive nanocomposites for use within current and next generation polymer based ablative thermal protection systems during the proposed NASA SBIR program. Building from its established high temperature HybridSil material technology, NanoSonic will develop a room temperature cured hybrid organic - inorganic adhesive material for bonding polymer infused tiles within advanced thermal protection systems. The proposed HybridSil nanocomposite will be molecularly engineered for exceptional adhesion to both EDL substrates and currently employed high temperature thermosets (phenolic, epoxy, and cyanate ester) while maintaining high strains to failure and a rapid conversion robust silicates at elevated temperatures for additional substrate protection. Leveraging a base HybridSil thermoset that has previously demonstrated promising HyMETS performance as a carbon felt infusing resin (Figure 1 and right inset), NanoSonic will synthesize hybrid organic - inorganic block and segmented copolymers molecularly engineered for exceptional adhesion to carbon felt tiles infused with aromatic thermosets while maintaining glass transition temperatures < - 100 °C and high strains to failure (>100%) for retained flexibility in space. Promising structure - property interdependencies affording adhesive materials with extreme ablative adhesion, high char yields, and thermal resilience will be empirically down-selected through rigorous high temperature (2,000 °C) flow testing with the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington. More »

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