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A Nanotube Surface Reinforced Graphite Fiber Exhibiting Significantly Enhanced…

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
77774
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
054720
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: A Nanotube Surface Reinforced Graphite Fiber Exhibiting Significantly Enhanced Properties
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNL07AA13C
Award Amount: $599,996.00
 

Abstract:

The completed Phase I work was directed at the application of nanotechnology to graphite/epoxy composites. A novel approach to the application of the nanotubes onto the carbon fiber surface was investigated. As a result, a very significant increase in compressive strength of 120% was attained, compared with 20% reported in the literature. The Phase II builds on the success of the Phase I. It will address the key issues of scale-up, reproducibility and component fabrication. The batch fiber coating process employed in the Phase I will be replaced with a continuous fiber coating process. Manual pre-pregging of the Phase I will be replaced with a continuous pre-pregging process. Specific CEV type composite applications will be identified. Subsequently, a cost/benefit ratio for CEV will be provided.

Principal Investigator:

James C. Withers
Principal Investigator
5205741980
jcwithers@mercorp.com

Business Contact:

Dr. Raouf O. Loutfy
President
5205741980
rloutfy@mercorp.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MER Corporation
7960 S. Kolb Road Tucson, AZ 85706

EIN/Tax ID: 860530946
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No