Zyvex Technologies and NanoFabrix, maker of advanced nanotechnology-based surface enhancements and composite material solutions, have announced a partnership to jointly develop and commercialise composite materials.
Using the nanotechnology resources of Zyvex Technologies and its supply chain to commercialise products with the nanoparticle processing expertise of NanoFabrix, the companies will produce custom carbon nanotube-enhanced composite materials to improve the electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding effectiveness of advanced composite materials.
In addition to EMI shielding, specifically in cockpit electronics, NanoFabrix surface enhancements are currently being evaluated for aerospace applications for anti-icing and de-icing of the lift surfaces and protection against solid-particle erosion and wear of the turbojet turbine blades.
Lance Criscuolo, president of Zyvex Technologies said;
Advanced composite materials are already being used on today’s performance aircraft due to their low weight, high strength, and increased longevity, inclusion of nanomaterials in the structural composites improves already favorable characteristics including safety and fuel-efficiency.
NanoFabrix surface enhancements improve upon the performance characteristics of virtually any composite material, including low-cost glass fibre composites. Recent studies at the Air Force Research Laboratory and University of Dayton Research Institute validate NanoFabrix’s success with a shielding effectiveness range greater than 90dB on a glassfibre epoxy composite, which results in significant weight reduction for an aircraft, as well as increased payload and range.
NanoFabrix have been working collboratively with research and academic institutions such as the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Rice University, to further aid in conceptualising, testing, and commercialisation of these advanced composite materials.