Collaborative Research and Development Contract. Delivery Order 0052: Microvascular Composites
Final rept. 3 May 2006-1 May 2008
UNIVERSAL TECHNOLOGY CORP DAYTON OH
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This research in support of the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate was conducted from 3 May 2006 through 1 May 2008. This task worked to develop new classes of composite materials with mass transporting and sensing capability for improved performance in structural applications. Structures that have embedded microfluidic networks have the potential to bring a range of multifunctionality and adaptability to aerospace structures including active cooling, self-healing, structural health monitoring, and morphing structures. This will ultimately enable increased persistence, responsiveness, and multi-mission capability of structures that use this technology. We examine fiber-reinforced polymer composite processing techniques to create scalable, hierarchical fluidic networks within polymer-based hybrid materials. This includes the investigation of microvascular composite fabrication methods for lined and unlined channel formation, investigation of fundamental thermal transport characteristics, and characterization of the range of adaptive mechanical properties.
- Polymer Chemistry
- Laminates and Composite Materials
- Properties of Metals and Alloys