Conductive Polymer-silver Nanocomposite Wires for Nsaf Satellites & Aircraft

Period of Performance: 08/06/1998 - 05/06/1999

$100K

Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Triton Systems, Inc.
200 Turnpike Road Array
Chelmsford, MA 01824
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Rd
Worcester, MA 01609
Institution POC

Research Topics

Abstract

Triton Systems, in partnership with Prof. William Moser of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) proposes to develop a new lightwright, high strength, electrical signal distribution wire for satellites and aircraft based on a new unique conductive polymer, silver nanoparticle (CP-Ag) composit material. The CP-Ag Kevlar composite wire will have a density of less than l.9 g/cc (compared to 10.5 g/cc for silver) and will have the strong mechanical performance of Kevlar polymer fibers. Triton and WPI will use an established Ag nanoparticle preparation method, and incorporate conductive polymer through a proprietary blending method, to create the final composite CP-Ag material, that will then be coated onto a Kevlar yarn. We will demonstrate the goal conductivity of at least 10 3 S/cm through tailoring the CP-Ag domain/particle sizes that will create a strong conductive boost for the typical percolation curve for the limiting CP component. Phase I will identify the composite fabrication paramethers to demonstrate the required conductivity and mechanical strenght of the CP-Ag Kevlar coated lightwieght wire. Phase II will make use of Triton's demonstrated accomplishment in conductive polymers, wire coating, and in nanocomposite materials to scale-up prototype electrical signal distribution wires for he Air Force and for commercial applications.