Robust, Thin Resistive Films
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11379 Grooms Road, Blue Ash, OH, -
AbstractRobust, thin resistive films have a wide range of applications on military aircraft including fighters, surveillance platforms, and unmanned systems. A growing number of US Navy applications require an affordable thin resistive film that is very flexible, and also capable of withstanding composite processing and cure conditions. Typical film products used in current applications are expensive, and most are not durable enough to withstand rigorous handling. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) exhibit exceptionally high conductivity and are ideal fillers for use in most composite resin matrix systems. Innovative processes for functionalization of the CNT surface, and for consistent, repeatable dispersions have been developed and are ready for demonstration, testing, and production scale-up. CNT fillers can provide high conductivity even at very low loading levels, while at the same time improving film flexibility, durability, and uniform electrical performance. Maverick can tailor or tune the film electrical properties by formulating and dispersing various nano-loading levels, which will satisfy a broad range of performance requirements. The robust films will be demonstrated on a large scale and will be readily available in a variety of conductivity ranges. This product will meet the customer demand for lower costs and create a distinct market advantage over current systems.
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