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SBIR Phase I: Advanced Polymer Matrix Composites Based on Nanofiber Fused…

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
88297
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0740583
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Performance Polymer Solutions Inc.
2711 Lance Drive Moraine, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: SBIR Phase I: Advanced Polymer Matrix Composites Based on Nanofiber Fused Microfiber Architecture
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0740583
Award Amount: $99,995.00
 

Abstract:

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop and characterize a novel class of polymer matrix composite materials using the continuous NanoFiber Fused- Microfiber (Nf2-M) reinforcement technology developed by the company. In this patent pending process, carbon nanofibers are grown in a continuous process directly from the surface of continuous filaments (introduced in tow form) in a continuous, scaleable process. Unlike traditional approaches which involve difficult mixing operations to introduce carbon nanofibers into the matrix resin at very low loading levels and with questionable dispersion, the above approach produces continuous three-dimensional reinforcements which are easily incorporated into composites using standard fabrication techniques, including filament winding and prepreg wet lay-up processes. No additional or modified composite fabrication steps are needed. For initial demonstration of the advanced composite microstructure methodology, Nf2-M reinforcing fibers will be used to fabricate aerospace grade epoxy composites and physical, mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties will be measured. The scientific, economic, and societal impacts of the proposed research are threefold: (i) providing a foundation for a new technology in materials science research; (ii) utilizing these fundamental findings to develop and engineer enabling materials to meet growing needs in industry for current and future applications; and (iii) providing a low cost, commercially available, high performance carbon fiber reinforcement technology that has the potential to change the face of the composite materials industry. Global market forecast for reinforcing carbon fibers is ~$12.2 billion annually by 2011, and the novel approach proposed in this research can take advantage of the multitude of existing markets. Sporting goods, electronics, consumer products, aerospace, and automotive industries are all target markets of the proposed materials technology.

Principal Investigator:

Jason E. Lincoln
PhD
9372983713
jason.lincoln@p2si.com

Business Contact:

Jason E. Lincoln
PhD
9372983713
jason.lincoln@p2si.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Performance Polymer Solutions Inc.
91 Westpark Road Centerville, OH 45459

EIN/Tax ID: 460481718
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No