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Métodos para transformar basalto en materiales de la construcción multifuncionales destinados a aplicaciones espaciales

Resumen

Tipo:
Demanda Tecnológica
Referencia:
TRUS20151012001
Publicado:
26/11/2015
Caducidad:
26/11/2016
Resumen:
Una agencia estadounidense de investigación y desarrollo busca sistemas con el fin de convertir basalto en materiales de la construcción multifuncionales para aplicaciones espaciales. Se buscan socios interesados en establecer acuerdos de financiación (premios en metálico) y licencia. La fecha límite para responder a esta demanda finaliza el 3 de diciembre de 2015 a las 5 pm hora estándar del este (EST).

Details

Tittle:
Innovation challenge: methods to transform basalt into multi-functional construction material for space applications
Summary:
A US national research -Y- development (government) agency seeks proposals for systems to convert basalt into multipurpose construction materials for space applications. The challenge sponsor desires to enter a financial agreement in the form of a cash prize and a licensing agreement for the selected technology.
Description:
The deadline to respond to this challenge is December 3, 2015 at 5 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST). Expressions of Interest (EoIs) submitted through the EEN do not count as entries to the challenge. Full entries will require additional time and further instructions, which will be furnished upon submission of EoI. EoI deadline is November 12, 2015 to allow time for preparation of a complete entry.

A US national research and development (government) agency is searching for systems to turn basalt and other regolith into structural elements that can be interconnected to form roads, walkways, and buildings, among other uses. The specific technical challenge lies in the composition of the native materials. Sample data is attached.

The successful technology will:
· Maximize the use of regolith to produce useful "building blocks" to support construction
o Higher values of M and R (defined in the Technical Specifications)
· Be compact to fit package constraints (given in the Technical Specifications)
· Be designed for ease of assembly, operation, and maintenance
· Use energy efficiently
¿ Larger Efficiency Factor (defined in the Technical Specifications)

A total prize pool of US$15,000 is available in the form of one US$10,000 first place prize and two US$2,500 second place prizes. The sponsor will recognize prize winners through published announcements and individual profile stories. Successful applicants may also have the opportunity for future collaboration with the sponsor. Acceptance of prize grants the sponsor with an unlimited royalty-free license to use winning methodologies.
Technical Specification or Expertise Sought:
Entries will serve as a non-confidential introduction to the respondent´s technology and expertise and should address the following criteria.

Possible techniques for processing regolith material include sintering, melting, or binding with added agents. However, additional innovative and novel techniques are encouraged. For example, one may consider extraction of metals, or other materials, from the regolith. Proposals may offer a complete or partial solution. Partial solutions could focus on one or more of the following: a mechanism to produce refined materials, a mechanism to produce structural elements, or a mechanism to assemble structural elements into a useful structure. Methodologies to produce more than one type of useful structural element are of high interest. For example, a system could extract useful material such as metal and use the remaining material to make structural elements.

Requirements
1. Demonstrate and/or provide analysis that shows a method for converting granular regolith or basalt into a useful product to support manufacture of structural elements.
a. Show how to use system output to construct usable structures (or describe how system output aids other systems that create usable structures).
b. For construction of usable structures from system output, demonstrate and/or provide computer simulations of the method and order of assembly, interfaces, and final product configuration. Structural loads should be compatible with associated concept of operations for structure, functions and environmental factors such as local gravity. Preferably, your submission will include a free body loads diagram.
2. Define a materials production system configuration that preferably meets the constraints summarized below. System mass, mp, should include machinery/mechanism to convert regolith or basalt into useful material, robotic construction elements, and any other required supplies or equipment, such as binding agents and power and communication connection interfaces. If your approach requires more than one package, please justify your approach and account for the additional package in calculations below.
o maximum package mass, mpmax: 700 kg
o package dimensions, length: 2 m
o package dimensions, height: 1 m
o package dimensions, width: 1 m
o maximum package volume, Vmax: 2 m^3
3. Your proposal should demonstrate and/or provide analysis for meeting the package constraints above, assuming an unlimited supply of regolith or basalt:
a. Total mass of system, mp
b. Mass of output, mout, that system could manufacture before requiring maintenance (repair or re-supply).
i. If system produces more than one useful product, mout = sum(mi), where mi is mass of each useful product.
ii. Please report the mass, time, and energy required to produce each useful product.
c. Production time, tprod, to produce mout with a calculation of time to produce each useful product, ti.
d. Energy, Eout, required to operate system.
e. You should also estimate average communication rate required to produce mout
4. Calculate the following:
a. Multiplier, M, of useful mass produced by system as M = mout/mp. For example, a system with mp = 100 kg that can produce mout = 1,000 kg has M = 10
b. Production rate, R, defined as R= mout/tprod
c. Efficiency Factor = mout /(Eout*tprod)
5. Describe technical challenges to overcome to be able to develop and deploy an operational system. Describe what you can do with the output.
6. If your approach creates structural elements, assess the strength of the elements (compression, tension and bending), accounting for material formation and assembly technique by analysis or test and describing the test methodology.
7. Describe method to demonstrate proof of concept using commercially available regolith simulant.

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
Responses from companies (small to large), academic researchers, other research institutes, consultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs or inventors are welcome.

A total prize pool of US$15,000 is available in the form of one US$10,000 first place prize and two US$2,500 second place prizes. The sponsor will recognize prize winners through published announcements and individual profile stories. Successful applicants may also have the opportunity for future collaboration with the sponsor. Acceptance of prize grants the sponsor with an unlimited royalty-free license to use winning methodologies.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
R&D Institution
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
No
Languages Spoken:
English