DENVER, CO -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ADA Technologies, Inc. received a $100,000 contract from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the development of a non-catalytic, fully passive, self-healing polymer for use as a fiber reinforced polymer matrix material. The research will be conducted in partnership with Dr. Richard Wool of the University of Delaware's Center for Composite Materials, Newark, DE.
Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials are increasingly being used in the construction of a wide variety of aerospace structures. However, there are uncertainties regarding the impact durability of currently available FRP materials.
ADA's self-healing polymer technology would greatly increase the composite durability and damage tolerance of FRP composite materials, resulting in improved structural efficiency of space exploration vehicles, as well as increased lifespan. In addition, ADA's technology would lead to space vehicle weight reductions and decreased launch costs.
While ADA's research is largely focused on demonstrating self-healing capabilities in FRP material form, the technology is broadly applicable to next-generation polymer-based composites, such as carbon nanotube reinforced composites (i.e., polymer nanocomposites).
"ADA's technology has the potential to have a significant positive impact on the overall cost of the space exploration program by improving the durability of space exploration vehicles, as well as reducing the costs of launching these vehicles," said Steve Arzberger, Ph.D., ADA's chief technical officer. "In addition, the technology could see use in virtually any large-scale, structural composite application where damage tolerance is of great concern, including commercial and military satellites and aircraft, military naval marine vessels, wind and water turbine blades, automobiles and sporting goods among many others."
About ADA Technologies
ADA Technologies, Inc. is a research, development, and commercialization company that specializes in creating and converting innovative technologies to commercial successes. ADA's technology successes include the creation of three spin-off companies: Advanced Distributed Sensor Systems, Inc., Novinda Corp., and Pronghorn Technologies, LLC. Headquartered in Littleton, CO, ADA has received more than 180 research grants totaling more than $50 million.