Multifunctional Metal Rubber™ Composite Structural Materials

Period of Performance: 02/13/2008 - 08/13/2009

$100K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Nanosonic, Inc.
158 Wheatland Drive Array
Pembroke, VA 24136
Principal Investigator

Abstract

This SBIR program would develop multifunctional structural composite materials based on NanoSonic s Metal Rubber . The Metal Rubber composites would offer mechanical stiffness-to-weight comparable with conventional cross-ply laminate face sheet and structural composite materials, but also incorporate high electrical conductivity, broadband RF/EMI shielding, and uniform thermal conductivity typically not available in polymer matrix composite systems. Metal Rubber is a self-assembled nanocomposite material that combines conducting nanoclusters and advanced polymers into free-standing sheets. These materials would be combined as plies with high performance reinforcement fibers to create cross-ply laminate composites during Phase I. Prior work has demonstrated low mass density (