Advanced Composites

The complex geometry of carbon foam is enhanced by this microscopic imagery. Its unique high-temperature properties, high thermal shock resistance, and dimensional stability make carbon foam ideal for application in thermal protection and thermal management systems. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force.

Understanding how Materials Behave

UDRI’s Advanced Composites researchers design, model, fabricate, develop processes, and characterize responsive, multifunctional, composite, and hybrid materials. Focusing on Air Force applications, we conduct materials research and development to better understand the fundamental physics of the material’s response to external stimuli.

Our researchers characterize and evaluate reinforcing fibers and preforms of different fiber architectures, matrix resins, and composites; study the experimental and analytical mechanics of composites; and investigate high-temperature composites and their durability in extreme environments. We also advance the processing science of composites; process and develop nanocomposites; synthesize, characterize the constitutive response, and evaluate durability of shape memory polymer resin, foam, and laminates. In addition, we perform research on carbonaceous materials and innovative carbon forms such as graphitic foams and nanotubes.

Capabilities

  • Resin, Composite, and Hybrid Materials Characterization
  • Composite and Hybrid Processing
  • Environmental Durability of High Temperature Polymer Matrix Composites (HTPMCs)
  • Responsive, Multifunctional Composites and Hybrid Material Systems
  • Carbon-Carbon (C-C) Composites and Carbonaceous Materials

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