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Multifunctional Composite Structures for Space and Missile Propulsion and Power

Location

Aerospace Systems Directorate, RQ/Chemistry and Chemical Tech

RO# Location
13.30.03.B7524 Edwards Air Force Base, CA 93524

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Guenthner, Andrew J andrew.guenthner@us.af.mil 661.275.5769

Description

Higher efficiency propulsive systems represent a key need for future space and missile platforms in both civilian and military applications. In particular, the development of lighter weight structures using advanced materials has long been recognized as an important enabling technology for achieving higher efficiency. An unconventional approach to achieving weight reduction is through the use of structures that perform multiple functions, such as load bearing, protection from harsh operational environments, and energy storage, saving both space and weight. In energy conversion devices such as propulsion systems, the co-located availability of multiple forms of energy creates an especially attractive opportunity to exploit multifunctional structures. Many such multifunctional structures utilize nanomaterials, such as magnetic nanoparticles or graphene oxide, to achieve the desired functionality. Others make use of unique structural morphologies, such as embedded microconduit networks.

 

References

Reams, JT, et al: Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics 52: 1061-1070, 2014

Hubbard JW, et al: "Curing of a Bisphenol-E Based Cyanate Ester using Magnetic Nanoparticles as an Internal Heat Source through Induction Heating." ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 5: 11329-11335, 2013

 

Keywords:
Polymers; Propulsion; Multifunctional; Energy storage; Electroactive; Lightweight;

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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