Nanotribological and Nanomechanical Testing Equipment Multifunctional Nanocomposites for Air and Space Tribology
Technical Report,01 Jul 2007,30 Jun 2008
Department of Materials Science and Engineering Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy United States
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Hierarchical Polymer Nanocomposites have great potential for solving tribological challenges associated with vehicles and equipment used in space. The ability to tailor composite properties at several length scales is leading to materials with unprecedented low ear rates and coefficients of friction combined with environmental insensitivity. To optimize properties, a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms operating at each length scale is required.