Microwave Processed Multifunctional Polymer Matrix Composites

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,984.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX11CH47P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
104773
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
X5.03
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
105 Jordan Road, Troy, NY, 12180-8376
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
003026353
Principal Investigator:
HollyShulman
Principal Investigator
(518) 283-7733
holly@ceralink.com
Business Contact:
PatriciaStrickland
Business Official
(518) 283-7733
patricia@ceralink.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
NASA has identified polymer matrix composites (PMCs) as a critical need for launch and in-space vehicles, but the significant costs of such materials limits their use. This proposal addresses the need for lower cost PMCs through the development of discontinuous fiber reinforced polymer composites with an in-situ grown carbon nanotube 3-D network that will translate to less expensive components with properties approaching those of continuous fiber reinforced polymers. The use of microwave processing will further reduce costs and improve the properties such that the Phase I and 2 efforts could lead to the implementation of these composites for a multitude of applications for which they are currently deemed too expensive. Ceralink will team with Florida International University, who will perform the in-situ growth of carbon nanotubes, and HITCO Carbon Composites, who will evaluate the developed materials and provide an assessment of technical and commercial viability. It is anticipated that a technology readiness level of 4 will be achieved by the end of the Phase I program.

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