Ceralink Inc. has been selected for a $100,000 SBIR Phase I award from NASA to develop high-performance polymer matrix composites (PMCs) at lower cost using microwave technology. NASA has identified PMCs as a critical need for launch and in-space vehicles, but use is currently limited by the significant cost of such materials. Ceralink’s Phase I research program will explore lower-cost PMCs through the development of discontinuous fiber-reinforced polymer composites with an in-situ grown, carbon nanotube 3-D network.
Ceralink’s goal is to demonstrate feasibility of lower-cost/high-performance PMCs using non-continuous fiber-reinforced polymer composites. The company anticipates that utilizing microwave processing will further reduce costs by greatly reducing process time and improving materials properties and performance.
Ceralink Receives NASA Award
June 2, 2011