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Characterization of Highly Loaded Nanocomposites

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
85159
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N08A-017-0370
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place Pines Industrial Center Rockledge, FL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Characterization of Highly Loaded Nanocomposites
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-08-M-0325
Award Amount: $69,933.00
 

Abstract:

Since the advent of production-grade methods for producing single-walled (SWCNT) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT), research has been conducted to utilize the extraordinary properties of these nanoscale cylindrical fullerenes. Tensile strength of an individual MWCNT has been observed as high as 63 GPa with Young's Modulus approaching ~1 TPa. While nanocomposites may never achieve a tensile of the individual tubes, carbon nanotubes (CNT) are being used as composite fibers in polymers to improve the mechanical (as well as thermal and electrical) properties of the bulk product. Despite the extraordinary mechanical properties of CNTs, only limited improvements in mechanical strength have been demonstrated. Furthermore, these improvements are commonly associated with very low concentrations of CNTs (<1.0% wt.). Attempts in loading the polymer matrix beyond 5% wt. have resulted in failure of the resin to cure or inhomogeneous regions within the nanocomposite resulting in a loss of material strength. In addition, characterization of CNT dispersal within composites beyond bulk property measurements is generally lacking in open literature. For this STTR program, Mainstream Engineering will partner with the Universities Space Research Association to develop an innovative approach for uniformly dispersing CNTs within a polymer matrix and fully characterize the composite using optical microscopy.

Principal Investigator:

J. M. Cutbirth
PI/ Sr. Mechanical Engineer
3216313550
jmc@mainstream-engr.com

Business Contact:

Michael Rizzo
Controller
3216313550
mar@mainstream-engr.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MAINSTREAM ENGINEERING CORP.
200 Yellow Place Pines Industrial Center Rockledge, FL 32955

EIN/Tax ID: 592744408
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIVERSITIES SPACE RESEARCH ASSOC.
10211 Wincopin Circle
Suite 500
Columbia, MD 21044 3432
Contact: Randy VanderWal
Contact Phone: (410) 730-3496
RI Type: Domestic nonprofit research organization