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Hybrid Nanocomposites for Efficient Aerospace Structures

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NASA�s Advanced Air Vehicles program seeks to improve safety and efficiency through exploration of the value of hybrid composites, guiding utilization of the materials by industry. Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG), University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), and NanoSperse LLC have formed a team of experts in the aerospace composites industry to demonstrate, financially justify, and quickly transition hybrid composites into commercial aircraft markets. In Phase I, the team demonstrated a scalable, qualifiable hybrid materials solution using stitched CNT yarns capable of exceeding the performance of toughened prepregs using infusion grade materials and compatible manufacturing methods. Phase II efforts will further validate the financial and functional viability of the hybrid composite system through identification of relevant applications, optimization of stitched laminate designs, evaluation of multifunctional properties, and scale-up of hybrid composite manufacturing methods enabling the fabrication and evaluation of a component prototype. More »

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