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Hybrid Tank Technology

Composite over-wrapped pressure vessels are used in many areas, from air tanks for firefighters to propellant tanks for deep-space exploration vehicles. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center awarded several Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts to HyPerComp Engineering, Inc., for the development of a hybrid pressure vessel. The new hybrid pressure vessels are aluminum lined, filament wound, and composite over-wrapped, with high-impact and fire-resistant properties. The unique hybrid technology has the potential to save weight while producing a more robust and safer pressure vessel that is applicable to both NASA and commercial missions. After licensing the technology from NASA, HyPerComp Engineering established Onyx Technologies to bring the technology to the commercial marketplace. The applications for the new pressure vessels include improved breathing apparatuses for homeland security and firefighting, as well as lighter and safer storage systems for automobiles and buses that run on hydrogen fuel as an alternative energy source. The pressure vessels may also be used for chemical processing and pharmaceutical manufacturing, as well as for offshore drilling, oil production, and petroleum refineries.
Internal Laboratory Ref #: 
MSFC-SO-180
Patent Status: 
Agency
NASA
Region
Southeast
State: 
Alabama
Phone: 
256-544-9151
Email: 
terry.taylor@nasa.gov
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