NASA Spinoff Database: Polyimide Aerogels Boost Antennas, Insulate Pipes

NASA Center: Glenn Research Center
Public Release Year: 2017
Reference Number: GRC-SO-221
Category: Industrial Productivity/Manufacturing Technology
Origin: Flexible, polyimide aerogels

Research Center_s Mary Ann Meador is an expert in aerogels: low-density solids that make excellent insulators. Using polyimide polymers, she and her team created a new aerogel five times stronger than earlier polymer-reinforced silica aerogels and one that can be cast into a thin, very flexible layer. FLEXcon, in Spencer, Massachusetts, licensed the patent in 2015 and is selling the aerogel as insulation for pipes in extreme environments, among other applications.

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Page Number in Published book: 164
Manufacturer: FLEXcon

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