Nanocomp delivers carbon nanotube yarn to aerospace customer

Nanocomp Technologies has produced and delivered 10 km/6.2 mi of its CTex carbon nanotube yarn to one of its Fortune 100 aerospace customers.

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Nanocomp Technologies Inc. (Concord, N.H., USA), a developer of performance materials and component products from carbon nanotubes (CNT), announced on June 16 that it has produced and delivered 10 km/6.2 mi of its CTex CNT yarn to one of its Fortune 100 aerospace customers. Nanocomp says that delivering long lengths of CNT yarn further solidifies the company’s position as the only U.S. commercial company to fabricate industrially relevant finished materials from carbon nanotubes. In addition, the company is announcing its new capability to deliver 4- by 8-foot (1.2 by 2.4m) CNT mats, the largest of their kind in the world.

Nanocomp’s fundamental breakthrough is its patent-pending method for high-volume production of very long CNTs (approximately 1 mm in length), and then processing the nanotubes into contiguous macrostructures. Over the past 18 months, the company has been distributing CNT yarn into the marketplace, recently delivering the 10 km shipment to meet its customer’s volume and performance specifications.

“We are steadily proving to the world that nanotubes can deliver their game-changing properties in industrially useful product formats,” said Peter Antoinette, president and CEO of Nanocomp Technologies. “Perhaps most remarkable to us, however, is hearing the engineers from our most demanding customers talk about the many new design possibilities that have become available to them with Nanocomp’s products in the mix. The fact that these highly conductive products are lighter and stronger than aluminum, can be draped like a cloth or spun like a yarn or wire, and can tolerate even the harshest of operating environments solves many long-standing design objectives – particularly the challenges of weight reduction.”

Nanocomp is experiencing significant customer demand in the aerospace and aviation markets for nanotube materials to save weight in a variety of complex systems, as well as to provide electrostatic discharge (ESD) and electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding components. Most recently, the company received a number of U.S. Department of Defense contracts to further develop its state-of-the-art technology as Nanocomp progresses toward advanced manufacturing processes and wide-scale commercialization.