SBIR Phase I: Hollow carbon fibers based on gel spun polyacrylonitrile/carbon nanotubes

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,932.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0945004
Agency Tracking Number:
0945004
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
AM3
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
NEM corp
2349 Lake Forest Trail, Lawrenceville, GA, 30043
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
809880235
Principal Investigator:
HanGi Chae
PhD
(404) 234-3507
hangi.chae@gmail.com
Business Contact:
HanGi Chae
PhD
(404) 234-3507
hangi.chae@gmail.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project aims to develop high tensile strength and low density polyacrylonitrile (PAN)/carbon nanotube (CNT) based carbon fibers. The approach is to use a newly-developed gel spun technology. Process conditions will be optimized to obtain a tensile strength greater than 7 GPa, a tensile modulus greater than 450 GPa, and a density less than 1.2 g/cm3. Current PAN-based commercial carbon fibers typically exhibit a tensile strength of 5 GPa, a tensile modulus of 300 GPa and a density of 1.8 g/cm3. The broader/commercial impact of this project will be the potential to produce carbon fibers with significantly higher specific tensile strength and lower density than the current PAN-based commercial carbon fibers. The carbon fibers are currently used in high-performance composites for satellite, airplane fuselage, airplane wing and trust structures, high-performance automobile applications, etc, where energy efficiency is very important. This project will lead to nano-engineered carbon fibers and reduce the weight of composite materials, thus resulting in significant savings in energy consumption.

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