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A Novel Approach to Impregnating Structural Resin into Carbon Nanotube (CNT)…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
85155
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N08A-017-0187
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Composite Technology Development, Inc.
2600 Campus Drive, Suite D Suite D Lafayette, CO 80026-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: A Novel Approach to Impregnating Structural Resin into Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Assemblies to Yield Ultrahigh-Loaded Polymer Nanocomposites
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-08-M-0323
Award Amount: $69,998.00
 

Abstract:

The primary objective of this program is the investigation of new approaches to achieve well-dispersed ultrahigh loading of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in structural resins for advanced composites. "Well-dispersed" means CNTs that are optimally dispersed for achieving desired properties like strength, modulus, toughness, and thermal conductivity, rather than uniformly dispersed CNTs. Phase I will include the development of a scientific understanding of the fundamental impediments to well-dispersed ultrahigh CNT-based nanocomposites, including the development and demonstration of techniques for the characterization of interfacial bonding between CNTs and structural resins, establishment of relevant analytical models, and correlation of the degree of loading and nature of dispersion with mechanical performance for small nanocomposite test coupons. Our efforts will benchmark previous developments at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) that have already met CNT loading goals in polymer matrices of 10 percent by weight, and build upon these efforts through the development of novel approaches for the polymer impregnation of solid-state CNT textile precursors. This will include the evaluation of several key CNT aspects (purification, dispersion, functionalization, and processing) to establish a maximum loading capability of well-dispersed CNTs that display excellent CNT-matrix wetting. In Phase II, the most promising approaches will be used to fabricate large nanocomposite panels with various CNT loading ratio up to the maximum possible value for mechanical characterization. Detailed cost analyses will be prepared and methods proposed for lowering the cost and expansion of production capabilities anticipated to transition the technologies developed herein into a scalable demonstration in Phase III.

Principal Investigator:

Steven Arzberger
Senior Chemist
3036640394
steve@ctd-materials.com

Business Contact:

Lori Pike
Sr. Finance and Contracts Manager
3036640394
lori@ctd-materials.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

COMPOSITE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT, INC.
2600 Campus Drive, Suite D Lafayette, CO 80026

EIN/Tax ID: 841086947
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
THE UNIV. OF TEXAS AT DALLAS
NanoTech Institute and Departm
P.O. 830688, M/S: BE26
Richardson, TX 75083
Contact: Ray H. Baughman
Contact Phone: (972) 883-6538
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university