Advanced Carbon Nanotubes- Based Polymer Matrix Composites for Satellites

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9453-08-C-0006
Award Id:
81856
Agency Tracking Number:
F063-009-0184
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
147518286
Principal Investigator:
Raouf Loutfy
President
(520) 574-1980
mercorp@mercorp.com
Business Contact:
James Withers
C.E.O.
(520) 574-1980
jcwithers@mercorp.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Phase I results have proven the feasibility of creating breakthrough polymer matrix composites (PMC) with high-loadings of well dispersed nanotubes in engineering polymer matrixes. The exceptional mechanical properties of the developed PMCs will be further improved in the Phase II effort by increasing the nanotube loading in the PMC to the packing limit, through optimizing the interface of the nanotubes for their compatibility with selected space rated polymer matrixes, and through improving the fabrication of the PMC's. Innovative techniques will be used for manufacturing the nanotube mats and for their incorporation into polymer matrices of interest to create composites with mechanical properties tailored to specific aerospace deployable structure applications in the satellite industry. The Phase II effort will culminate with the fabrication of select components made from these composites and these components will be field tested by end users in the industry for demonstration and validation of the proposed effort.

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