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Oil and gas applications to benefit from all-composite tank technology developed for NASA

Scorpius SLC, an aerospace manufacturing firm has been selected by Microcosm, Inc. to build lightweight all-composite cryogenic pressure tanks for a NASA Phase I SBIR contract. In addition to using these tanks on launch vehicles, the company is now offering this technology as PRESSUR-MAXX products in a range of sizes, as well as custom-made pressure vessels for oil and gas storage and transport applications where ultra-high strength-to-weight ratio and corrosion resistance is important. The technology on which the tank design is based was recently awarded the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and Composites Manufacturing magazine 2006 Award for Excellence and Innovation in Composites Engineering. This was the first time the ACMA has issued an award in this category. Commenting on this contract, Jack Kulpa, president and CEO of Scorpius SLC, said “We are extremely pleased with the exceptional performance of these award-winning tanks. We are particularly excited by the potential use of PRESSURMAXX tanks for mobile tanking and transfer systems, and CNG/LNG/propane processing, transport and storage, where increasingly colder temperatures and higher pressures are used to maximize the mass per volume ratio.” PRESSURMAXX tanks conform to ASME standards and their liner-less design reduces cost and weight drastically compared to metal tanks.