Ultrahigh Loading of Carbon Nanotubes in Structural Resins for Advanced Composites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-08-M-0327
Agency Tracking Number: N08A-017-0381
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-T017
Solicitation Number: 2008.A
Small Business Information
535 W Research Blvd, Suite 135, M/S 100, Fayetteville, AR, 72701
DUNS: 112145888
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bhavin Parekh
 Senior Engineer
 (479) 527-6826
 bhavin.parekh@nanomech.biz
Business Contact
 Calvin Goforth
Title: President
Phone: (479) 571-2592
Email: calvin.goforth@nanomech.biz
Research Institution
 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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