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Nanomodified Carbon/Carbon Composites for Intermediate Temperature Structures

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
2005 / STTR
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Small Business Information
6402 Needham Lane Austin, TX 78739-1510
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Nanomodified Carbon/Carbon Composites for Intermediate Temperature Structures
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-05-C-0028
Award Amount: $499,994.00


Nanomodified Carbon/Carbon Composites (NCCC) for intermediate temperature structures will be developed by combining selective nanoparticles in cyanate ester via optimum processing, followed by curing, carbonization and densification. These NCCC materials will exhibit improved thermo-oxidative stability beyond 700oF limit, involve lower cost NCCC materials, and replace titanium for structural components. Different Carbon/Carbon Composite processing techniques will be examined besides the conventional prepreg method which will include RTM and SMJ Carbon Technology patented methods. Wide angle X-ray Diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analytical methods will be used to determine the degree of dispersion of the nanoparticles in the cyanate ester. These techniques will be used as a guide for screening different formulations prior to scale-up. Improved heat stable surface modified MMT clay utilizing imidazole to surface treat MMT clay, boron modified and selected heat treated carbon nanofibers (CNFs) will be examined in Phase II studies. The unique features of SMJ Carbon Technology involving easy wet-out of carbon fiber by low viscosity monomer while retaining a high coking value allow uniform distribution of matrix material throughout preform or cured nanomodified cyanate ester/carbon fiber component. The ease of wetting results in infiltrating parts up to 10 inches and thus eliminates the thickness issue commonly associated with CCC materials.

Principal Investigator:

Louis A. Pilato
Chief Scientist

Business Contact:

Penelope A. Koo
Small Business Information at Submission:

Koo & Assoc. International, Inc.
6402 Needham Lane Austin, TX 78739

EIN/Tax ID: 411771871
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Dept. of Mechanical Engr., TAMU 3123
College Station, TX 77843
Contact: Joseph H. Koo
Contact Phone: (512) 589-4170
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university