STTR PHASE I: HIGH-STRENGTH LOW-COST FIBER VIA MULTI-COMPONENT NANOFIBER (MCN) SPINNING

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Amount:
$150,000.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
0740351
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
NSF 07-551
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2008
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
0740351
Solicitation Topic Code:
AM
Small Business Information
3F, LLC
920 Main Campus Dr., Ste. 101, raleigh, NC, 27606
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
196885318
Principal Investigator
 Larry Dickinson
 PhD
 (919) 341-4178
 dickinsonl@asme.org
Business Contact
 Larry Dickinson
Title: PhD
Phone: (919) 341-4178
Email: dickinsonl@asme.org
Research Institution
 North Carolina State University
 Dale Batchelor
 2701 Sullivan Drive
Suite 240
Raleigh, NC, 27606
 (919) 341-4178
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase I project will employ a multi-component nanofiber spinning approach to develop a high-strength and high-modulus polymeric composite fiber, using the latest available islands-in-sea spinning technology and innovative spinning process parameters and polymer combinations. The goal of this project is to achieve a composite fiber wherein nano-scale fibers (~100nanometers in diameter) reside in a reinforcing matrix. Due to their small size and molecular orientation, the nano-fibers will exhibit strengths approaching the theoretical strength of the constituent polymer. The resulting new composite fiber will be comparable to other high performance fibers on the market today, but will cost significantly less. Additionally, the matrix of the composite fiber may be a thermoplastic of lower processing temperature, enabling subsequent processing to melt the matrix and form composite materials and structures. The broader impact/commercial potential from this technology will be new composite fiber that can be commercialized in stages: first as an easy-to-sell industrial grade fiber; then as strong structural ballistic/structural fiber; and then as a composite material system with fiber and matrix already intimately interfaced (i.e. island and sea polymers, respectively). Initially composite fiber will be marketed as a replacement for industrial nylon, polyester, etc., in markets that don't require extensive testing and application development; e.g. cordage, ropes, nets, webbing, tire-cord, etc.

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