Nanoparticle-Containing Thermoplastic Composite Laminates

materials and coatings
Nanoparticle-Containing Thermoplastic Composite Laminates (LAR-TOPS-202)
Strong, tough, thermally and chemically resistant composite laminates
Overview
NASA Langley Research Center has developed innovative nanoparticle-containing thermoplastic composite laminates. These thermoplastic composite laminates possess many improved characteristics over similar materials, including improved strength, toughness, and conductivity. They also possess improved thermal and flame resistance, as well as moisture and chemical resistance.

The Technology
Thermoplastic composites are high strength material systems that are finding widespread application in a variety of fields, including aircraft, tanks and armored vehicles, automotive components, sporting goods, and industrial and medical devices. There is an ongoing desire to improve the functional and mechanical properties of composite laminates and to tailor these properties to specific applications. Accordingly, this invention is for high quality thermoplastic composites and composite laminates with improved properties over other technologies. The composites comprise a thermoplastic polymer and a plurality of nanoparticles, and may include a fibrous structural reinforcement. The composite laminates are formed from a plurality of nanoparticle-containing composite layers and may be fused to one another via an automated process.
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Benefits
  • Improved strength, modulus, impact resistance, toughness, conductivity, permeation resistance, and radiation absorption
  • Improved thermal and flame resistance, moisture and chemical resistance, hydrophobicity or oleophobicity, and hydrophilicity or oleophilicity
  • Advantageous crystalline and amorphous properties
  • Well-suited for automated processing

Applications
  • Aircraft
  • Tanks and armored vehicles
  • Automotive components
  • Sporting goods
  • Industrial and medical devices
Technology Details

materials and coatings
LAR-TOPS-202
LAR-17413-2
9,447,260
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