Advanced Composites with Nanoscale Reinforcement

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-04-C-0120
Agency Tracking Number: F045-020-0227
Amount: $99,453.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-T020
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
NANOLAB, INC.
55 Chapel St, Newton, MA, 02458
DUNS: 153008631
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Carnahan
 President
 (617) 581-6747
 dcarnahan@nano-lab.com
Business Contact
 David Carnahan
Title: President
Phone: (617) 581-6747
Email: dcarnahan@nano-lab.com
Research Institution
 University of Delaware
 Tsu-Wei Chou
 126D Spencer Laboratory
Newark, DE, 19716
 (302) 831-2423
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Advanced fiber composites are fabricated by automated 3D weaving and braiding processes. These weaving processes use tows of micron diameter fibers, to create preforms for resin infiltration. The interaction between the resin matrix and the fibers can be potentially increased by creating nanoscale features on the carbon fibers. NanoLab is expert in the synthesis of carbon nanotubes and their applications in composites. In the proposed work, we plan to develop a process where nanotubes can be grown on 3-D woven or 3-D braided performs, as well as individual fibers and cloths. We will then infiltrate sample composites, and perform representative mechanical tests, in order to validate the possibility of achieving improved mechanical performance, particularly higher penetration resistance under foreign object impact.

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