Multi-functional nanocomposite materials with high-temperature polymer resin matrice

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F49620-03-C-0102
Agency Tracking Number: F033-0346
Amount: $99,813.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3292 E. Hemisphere Loop, Tucson, AZ, 85706
DUNS: 602374951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ranji Vaidyanathan
 Manager, Advanced Materials
 (520) 434-6392
Business Contact
 Brett Waldo
Title: Controller
Phone: (520) 573-6300
Research Institution
 Jean E Vorhaben
 Off. of Spon. Res.-MS16, P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX, 77251
 (713) 348-6200
 Nonprofit college or university
Composites that are reinforced with well-dispersed carbon nanotubes have been shown to improve the performance of polymers in many areas such as stiffness, heat distortion temperature, control of thermal coefficient of expansion, and corrosion resistancein extreme environments. However, much of the nanocomposite related research and development has not been directly relevant to carbon fiber reinforced polymer matrix composites technology. In this STTR phase I program, a team consisting of AdvancedCeramics Research, Inc (ACR) and the Center for Nanocomposites at Rice University (Rice) propose to develop a novel nanocomposite system to improve the high temperature performance, electrical conductivity, and EMI shielding capabilities of carbon fiberreinforced polymer matrix composites. The introduction of nanotubes into the composite matrix is expected to improve several properties such as interfacial shear strength, glass transition temperature as well as moisture resistance of the composite system.Commercial benefits include multifunctional composites for EMI shielding as well as high strength composites for elevated temperature use.

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