NASA’s Heat Resistant Materials for Your Business

NASA’s Technology Transfer Program is looking for companies interested in utilizing NASA’s high-temperature materials and coatings to improve their existing products, or introduce new ones to their customers. These technologies, originally developed for exploration and discovery, can help improve damage resistance, increase product lifetimes, and save energy. Click here to browse NASA’s entire portfolio of high-temperature materials and check out some of their featured technologies below.

Multilayered Fire Protection System

NASA Langley has developed a flexible, light weight and portable thermal protection system. The flexible thermal protection systems are multilayer thermal blankets that are designed to handle external temperatures of up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. Flight tests clearly demonstrate how these new heat retardant materials can protect from the extreme conditions. This system creates an environment for protecting equipment, facilities, and people from a high intensity incident heat source, such as a fire. The system can be formed as a sleeping bag, a tent, a blanket, a vertical barrier, a curtain, a flexible rollup doorway, or a wrap. LEARN MORE

High-Performance Polyimide Powder Coatings

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) seeks partners interested in the further development and commercial application of High-Performance Polyimide Powder Coatings for longer-lasting, improved corrosion control. Through their earlier work with polyimide materials, KSC scientists identified polyimides with much lower melting points than traditional polyimides that were used for insulation. The lower melting points, thermal stability, chemical resistance, and electrical properties of these new polyimides led KSC researchers to develop new polyimide powder coatings that could be used to prevent corrosion. The results of preliminary tests of the coatings and their resistance to salt spray corrosion are very encouraging, and commercial partners are sought for further development.

Thermal and Environmental Barrier Coating System

High temperature and high heat flux operating environments can lead to premature failure of components due to higher internal stresses, increased materials phase instability, and thermal oxidation. A cutting-edge environmental barrier coating (EBC) system was developed at NASA’s Glenn Research Center to battle premature component failure. This EBC system has advanced multi-component compositions arranged to form thermodynamically stable, multi-scale composites with superior performance as compared to the current state-of-the-art silicon bond coat. The design of the advanced barrier coating system significantly enhances the temperature stability, strength, toughness, and durability of the coating in high temperature operating conditions while still allowing the coatings to be processed using current advanced coating processing methods. These coating systems are particularly suited for high temperature silicon-based ceramic and ceramic matrix composite components.