A report discusses the adaptation of foaming-in-place techniques and materials to outer-space applications. Foaming in place is used commercially in terrestrial sealing, insulating, bonding, and retrofitting applications. The room-temperature outer-space versions of foaming in place are expected not to differ much from the terrestrial versions, and experiments have confirmed that a commercial two-component liquid polyurethane foaming system could be used on Mars at and near room temperature. However, chemical formulations different from the commercial ones would be needed for foaming at low temperatures.
This work was done by Witold Sokolowski, Andre Yavrouian, and Kerry Nock of Caltech for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. To obtain a copy of the report, "Foaming-in-Place for Space Applications," access the Technical Support Package (TSP) free on-line at www.nasatech.com/tsp under the Materials category
This Brief includes a Technical Support Package (TSP).
Foaming in Place for Outer-Space Applications
(reference NPO-21020) is currently available for download from the TSP library.
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