A Nanotube Surface Reinforced Graphite Fiber Exhibiting Significantly Enhanced Properties

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$70,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NNL06AA54P
Solitcitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2006
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
054720
Solicitation Topic Code:
X2.03
Small Business Information
MER Corp
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706-9237
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
147518286
Principal Investigator
 James Withers
 Principal Investigator
 (520) 574-1980
 jcwithers@mercorp.com
Business Contact
 Raouf Loutfy
Title: President
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: rloutfy@mercorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Nanotechnology which includes carbon nanotubes has the potential to produce materials that exhibit properties beyond those expected from conventional materials which are anticipated to have a profound impact on NASA's future missions. Graphite fiber composites are multifunctional with high strength to weight ratios which form the basis of many aerospace systems. The combinations of carbon nanotubes with graphite fibers have the potential to significantly enhance fiber strength; offering significant advantages in multi-functional space flight applications. A unique approach will be utilized to incorporate carbon nanotubes onto existing graphite fibers to produce exemplary fiber strengths that will be utilized in composites with significantly higher strength to weight ratios. Nanotube reinforced graphite fibers will be produced and characterized in epoxy composites to demonstrate the expected property enhancements.

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