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Novel Carbon Fiber Synthesis Process Based on Joule Heating

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0013743
Agency Tracking Number: 224945
Amount: $1,000,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 11c
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001490
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-08-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-07-31
Small Business Information
100 Cummings Center
Beverly, MA 01915
United States
DUNS: 967586947
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Sandip Agarwal
 (781) 309-7448
Business Contact
 James Gallagher
Title: Mr.
Phone: (781) 309-7448
Research Institution
 Georgia Institute of Technology
801 Ferst Dr
Atlanta, GA 30332-0295
United States

 (404) 894-7550
 Nonprofit College or University

Current methods for manufacturing carbon fiber rely on high temperature ovens for the stabilization/oxidation and carbonization steps, which tend to be slow and energy intensive. As such, carbon fiber composites are expensive then steel, which limits their use in costsensitive, highvolume industrial applications such as automobiles, oil and gas, and infrastructure. To reduce energy consumption and cost of carbon fiber production, we are developing a process to manufacture carbon fibers using localized insitu heating of precursor fibers, using the concepts of Joule heating phenomena. In Phase 1, we demonstrated proofofconcept results, showing that such a process can reduce overall energy consumption by 4045%. In Phase 2, we plan to demonstrate that our process can be implemented in a continuous process, while meeting cost and mechanical property requirements for automotive, oil and gas, and other applications. Keywords: carbon fiber, joule heating, carbon nanotube, stabilization, carbonization. We are developing a continuous process to manufacture carbon fibers to reduce their energy consumption and cost of production. Composites made from these carbon fibers can be used for automotive, oil and gas, chemicals, aerospace, and other applications.

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