Ceralink wins grant to develop microwave-cure composites

Materials specialist Ceralink has been selected for a $100,000 Small Business Innovation Research Phase I award from NASA to develop high-performance polymer matrix composites at lower cost using microwave technology.

Ceralink Inc. (Troy, N.Y., USA), a specialist in materials engineering and technology commercialization, reports that it has been selected for a $100,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I award from NASA to develop high-performance polymer matrix composites (PMCs) at lower cost using microwave technology.

Ceralink says 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 insitu grown, carbon nanotube 3-D network.

“Our goal is to demonstrate feasibility of lower-cost/high-performance PMCs using non-continuous fiber-reinforced polymer composites,” says Patricia Strickland, CEO. “We anticipate that utilizing microwave processing will further reduce costs by greatly reducing process time, and improving materials properties and performance.”

Ceralink is a specialist in the development of microwave processing technologies, materials consulting, research and development, microwave technology and scale up, materials analysis and green engineering.

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