Ultrahigh Loading of Carbon Nanotubes in Structural Resins for Advanced Composites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-08-M-0324
Agency Tracking Number: N08A-017-0212
Amount: $69,982.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-T017
Solicitation Number: 2008.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
 UNIV. OF CINCINNATI
 Jandro Abot
 Dept of Aerospace Engineering
745 Baldwin Hall, ML 0070
Cincinnati, OH, 45221
 (513) 556-3557
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Over the past ten years, it has become clear that the high mechanical, thermal and electrical properties inherent to carbon nanotubes are not easily manifested in nanocomposites. The nanoparticle content that can be achieved in epoxy resin is limited to <5 wt% with traditional compounding equipment, due to the exponential increase in viscosity as nanotubes are added. Despite these low contents, significant improvements have been demonstrated for numerous properties. The goal of this project is to develop new methods to incorporate nanotubes at high loadings into nanocomposite resins, based on a scientific analysis of the impediments to the mixing of nanomaterials. NanoLab will team with Dr. Jandro Abot at the University of Cincinnati, to combine our expertise in nanotube synthesis, functionalization, & processing, with Dr. Abot’s expertise and unique equipment for mechanical testing and rheology. In the proposal, we review the geometric arrangement of nanotubes in fluids, and demonstrate that viscosity buildup is unavoidable in turbulent flows. We also propose a number of methods to formulate highly loaded composites, and will screen these in the Phase I effort.

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