3 Dimensional Nano-Scale Reinforcement Architecture for Advanced Composite Structures
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
This STTR Phase I project will focus on fabricating 3-D multi-scale macro/nanocomposites with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) integrated in carbon fiber preforms. The incorporation of nanoscale CNTs and conventional micro-scale carbon fibers into the polymer matrix will lead to a hierarchy of the reinforcement scales, ranging from a single fiber surrounded by a nanocomposite sheath to a bundle of fibers with inter-fiber nanoscale reinforcement, and a laminated or textile fibrous composite with nanoscale reinforcement bridging into the matrix-rich regions. The microstructure and performance of the composites will be characterized and analyzed. Process-structure-property relations for the composites will be established and feedback to improve the CNT deposition processes and also to understand the relation between the 3-D nano-structure and composite properties.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Research Institution Information:
CARBON SOLUTIONS, INC.
5094 Victoria Hill Drive Riverside, CA 92506
Number of Employees:
Mechanical and Aerospace, Engineering Department
Los Angeles, CA 90095
H. T. Hahn
Nonprofit college or university