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EPSRC Reference: GR/T24029/01
Title: Nanotube wettability and modification: The key to hierarchial fibre-reinforced nanocomposites
Principal Investigator: Shaffer, Professor M
Other Investigators:
Bismarck, Professor A Greenhalgh, Dr ES
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Lockheed Martin UK Ampthill Ltd Security Composites Ltd Surface Measurement Systems
Department: Dept of Chemistry
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 September 2004 Ends: 30 November 2008 Value (£): 269,766
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Characterisation Materials Processing
Materials testing & eng.
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine
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There is currently a timely chance to create dramatically improved inert structural materials. By combining, for the first time, conventional fibres and nanomaterials within polymers, a new class of materials with both superior mechanical, environmental and chemical performance, as well as significantly reduced through-life costs will be possible. This project will focus on introducing carbon nanotubes into matrices for conventional fibre composites. Carbon nanotubes have provoked enormous interest in their fundamental behaviour and a wide variety of potential applications. For example, individual perfect nanotubes have axial stiffnesses roughly equal to that of diamond, and strengths ten times that of any other available material. There are, therefore, considerable efforts underway to exploit these properties in macroscopic composites. One particularly promising avenue is to introduce nanotubes where conventional fillers cannot physically be accommodated, such as within composite matrices. To achieve these goals, as detailed a control of the nanotube surface, as has been developed for the interfaces of conventional fibre composites, will be needed. Although much of the understanding developed for conventional carbon fibre systems may be applied to the nanomaterials, the change in scale is expected to bring new phenomena to light. .
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