Carbon Nanofibers, Testing, and Fabrication

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-M-5024
Agency Tracking Number: F073-045-0839
Amount: $99,914.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-045
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
511 Clayton Road, Durham, NC, 27703
DUNS: 015247260
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 P. Douglas Kirven
 Chief Investogator
 (919) 596-8487
Business Contact
 Saundrs Kirven
Title: President
Phone: (919) 596-8487
Research Institution
Carbon Nanotubes have great potential of adding strength in composite materials. In order for carbon nanotubes to be used in prepregging, fibers with diameters in the 7-10 micron range are needed. The carbon nanotubes need to be bundled and twisted to form appropriate size fiber tows. Current technology does not allow carbon nanotubes to be spun at a high enough rate to effectively produce enough tows for large scale projects. Sigma-K Corporation recently demonstrated the concept and will develop a high speed spinning system to spin the carbon nanotubes into yarns with tow size diameters. Our system will allow carbon nanotubes to be used in composites that are needed in high strength applications such as armor and air frames.

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