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Future Spacecraft Materials

INSTITUTION

Arizona State University (Tempe Campus)

CLASS

Cobalt Class (2019 – 2020)

STUDENT TEAM

Priscilla Agyemang, Materials Science and Engineering
Adam Brackney, Materials Science and Engineering
Vincent Despain, Materials Science and Engineering
Marissa Jimenez, Materials Science and Engineering
Anthony Neitzke, Materials Science and Engineering

SCIENTIFIC & TECHNICAL GUIDANCE

Emma Bradford, Materials & Processes, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

ACADEMIC GUIDANCE

Dr. Jim Adams, Professor, School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, ASU

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

For this capstone project, the goal was to make material selection for 1500 kg of fasteners with the following properties as per JPL:

  • Specific mechanical properties to exceed those of A286 stainless steel
  • Relative Magnetic Permeability near 1 to reduce noise in magnetometer data
  • Negligible nickel content to reduce noise in spectrometer data
  • Short Lead Time