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Ultrahigh Loading of Carbon Nanotubes in Structural Resins for Advanced…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
85156
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N08A-017-0212
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
NanoLab, Inc.
179 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA 02451-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Ultrahigh Loading of Carbon Nanotubes in Structural Resins for Advanced Composites
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-08-M-0324
Award Amount: $69,982.00
 

Abstract:

Over the past ten years, it has become clear that the high mechanical, thermal and electrical properties inherent to carbon nanotubes are not easily manifested in nanocomposites. The nanoparticle content that can be achieved in epoxy resin is limited to <5 wt% with traditional compounding equipment, due to the exponential increase in viscosity as nanotubes are added. Despite these low contents, significant improvements have been demonstrated for numerous properties. The goal of this project is to develop new methods to incorporate nanotubes at high loadings into nanocomposite resins, based on a scientific analysis of the impediments to the mixing of nanomaterials. NanoLab will team with Dr. Jandro Abot at the University of Cincinnati, to combine our expertise in nanotube synthesis, functionalization, & processing, with Dr. Abot's expertise and unique equipment for mechanical testing and rheology. In the proposal, we review the geometric arrangement of nanotubes in fluids, and demonstrate that viscosity buildup is unavoidable in turbulent flows. We also propose a number of methods to formulate highly loaded composites, and will screen these in the Phase I effort.

Principal Investigator:

David L. Carnahan
President
6175816747
dcarnahan@nano-lab.com

Business Contact:

David L. Carnahan
President
6175816747
dcarnahan@nano-lab.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

NANOLAB, INC.
55 Chapel St Newton, MA 02458

EIN/Tax ID: 043501871
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF CINCINNATI
Dept of Aerospace Engineering
745 Baldwin Hall, ML 0070
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Contact: Jandro Abot
Contact Phone: (513) 556-3557
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university