Ultrahigh Loading of Carbon Nanotubes in Structural Resins for Advanced Composites

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-08-M-0327
Award Id:
85160
Agency Tracking Number:
N08A-017-0381
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
535 W Research Blvd, Suite 135, M/S 100, Fayetteville, AR, 72701
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
112145888
Principal Investigator:
BhavinParekh
Senior Engineer
(479) 527-6826
bhavin.parekh@nanomech.biz
Business Contact:
CalvinGoforth
President
(479) 571-2592
calvin.goforth@nanomech.biz
Research Institute:
RUTGERS
William Adams
3 Rutgers Plaza
New Brunswick, NJ, 8901
(732) 932-0115
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
High-loading carbon nanotubes (CNTs)-based composites have found considerable application potentials in military. A key area of interest to Navy is unmanned vehicles that include air, ground, and sea platforms. However, the challenges in dispersing CNTs hind the development of such a composite in great demand. In this STTR phase I, NanoMech in partnering with Rutgers University proposes a novel approach to address the challenges. This approach starts with low-energy mechanical mixing process for uniformly combining CNTs and epoxy resin, followed by a proprietary spraying process, for deveoping a high-performance nanocomposite with at least 10 weight % CNTs. The main objective of this work is to demonstrate the feasibility of fabricating nanocomposite with high percentage of CNTs (>10%). In addition, NanoMech team will develop the required techniques to quantify the volume or mass of CNTs, and examine the uniformity of CNTs distribution in the composite, and understand the basics on the change of reheological properties in CNTs dispersion or mixing. Based on successful demonstration of the feasibility in Phase I, NanoMech team will optimize the process, develop the quality control criteria and explore the scale-up of the manufacturing process for its repeatability, reproducibility, and durability for mass production in Phase II.

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