NASA Develops Composite Tank Designs Ideal for Cryogenic Liquids
Several embodiments of this technology portfolio can be used to create ideal containers for cryogenic fluids–like liquid methane and liquid hydrogen. The methods call for two or more materials to provide protection against leakage caused by micro-cracking. This offers higher structural integrity than many currently available composite vessels that are easy to damage by impact and do not perform well in high temperature environments. This is very important for vessels that will carry natural gas—these vehicles must meet strict standards for impact and fire resistance. Marshall’s designs produce vessels that perform well under cryogenic conditions while meeting these strict standards and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) pressure vessel tests.
Marshall’s designs produce both lined (metallic or non-metallic liners) and all-composite pressure tanks suitable for a growing field of commercial applications, like pressure-fed propulsion systems and storage/transportation for liquefied natural gas as well as other fuels and cryogenic fluids.
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–By Karen Hiser