HPMI is developing and improving affordable manufacturing processes that provide rapid, custom-made composite fabrication capabilities.
The use of fuel cells and supercapacitors is expected to grow exponentially over the next few years. New energy generation and storage devices must be made more efficient.
HPMI is exploring emerging processing techniques for composites and nanomaterials, such as developing and testing supercritical fluids (SCF) assisted process. SCF can be a cost effective tool for micro-/nano-structures control during materials processing.
Structural health monitoring (SHM) is vital for constructed systems and infrastructure for applications involving aircraft, wind blades, bridges, etc. Unexpected failures can result in major devastation.
Manufacturing of advanced materials such as composites and nanomaterials often involves multiple constituent materials and complex processing steps. Raw materials impurities and processing parameters variations can result in inconsistent quality.
- SME Innovations That Could Change The Way You Manufacture Award, 2009
- Nanotech Briefs Nano 50 Award, 2008
- R&D Magazine Micro/Nano 25 Award, 2007
What is Buckypaper?
- A novel easy-to-handle thin film formed using carbon nanotubes or fibers
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have amazing electrical, mechanical, photonic and thermal properties.