Advanced Epoxy System for Large Scale Composite Ship Component Manufacturing Using the VARTM Process.

Period of Performance: 08/29/2008 - 08/28/2010

$500K

Phase 2 STTR

Recipient Firm

Triangle Polymer Technologies
203 April Bloom Ln.
Cary, NC 27519
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

North Carolina A & T State University
1601 Market St.
Greensboro, NC 27411
Institution POC

Abstract

A major limitation of current high performance composites made from vinyl ester resins is their performance with carbon fiber reinforcements. Carbon fiber composites can possess much higher specific stiffness and strength than glass fiber composites, but the laminated composite properties depend on a good interface between the matrix resin and the fiber. Since vinyl ester resins typically do not exhibit good adhesion to the carbon fibers the resultant composite generally exhibits poor composite properties such as interlaminar shear properties and fatigue performance. There have been many attempts to address this low performance, but none has offered properties sufficient for commercial usage. The objective of this proposal is to develop and demonstrate the feasibility of a novel epoxy resin based system especially designed for high modulus, carbon fiber reinforced composites. Triangle Polymer Technologies will develop an advanced epoxy resin based system that will provide superior interfacial adhesion properties with carbon fibers, have a high glass transition temperature ( > 200 F) with room temperature cure, have improved mechanical properties including hot/wet and fracture toughness, and will have low viscosity and moderate open time so as to be manufactured using a Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM) process.