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Hierarchial Composites Comprising Continuous CarbonNnanotube Composite Fibers…

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
63592
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
022799
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ZYVEX Corporation
1321 N. Plano Road Richardson, TX 75081-0242
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Hierarchial Composites Comprising Continuous CarbonNnanotube Composite Fibers in a Nanotube-Reinforced Matrix
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNJ04JA18C
Award Amount: $599,633.00
 

Abstract:

NASA requires dramatic advancements in material properties to improve launch vehicles, spacecraft, and the space station?s performance. Our plan is to provide: 1) Continuous carbon nanotube (CNT) composite fibers stronger than 10 GPa and tougher than any known material. 2) CNT fiber composites stronger than 6 GPa. We propose to develop hierarchical composites comprising continuous CNT composite fibers in CNT-reinforced matrices (CPMs). We plan to: (1) Produce continuous CNT fibers with tensile strength >10 GPa and toughness >1000 J/g; (2) Develop CPMs optimized for application with CNT composite fibers; (3) Integrate continuous CNT fibers with CPMs to produce CNT fiber/CPM composites with tensile strength of > 6 GPa, twice the specific strength of carbon fiber/epoxy composites, and a toughness higher than any known material. This program builds on two recent breakthroughs. Zyvex?s CNT solubilization technique dramatically increases organic solubility of CNTs without degrading their properties. A 5% loading of CNTs triples the tensile strength of cast epoxy. The UTD group produced continuous CNT composite fibers having quadruple the specific strength and double the modulus of the best steel wire and 20 times the toughness. These fibers provide a toughness of 600 J/g, much higher than any previously known material.

Principal Investigator:

Jian Chen
Principal Investigator
9722357881
shachelle@zyvex.com

Business Contact:

Sha-Chelle Manning
Business Official
9722357881
shachelle@zyvex.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ZYVEX Corporation
1321 N. Plano Road Richardson, TX 75081

EIN/Tax ID: 752704600
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No