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Accession Number ADA567078
Title Micro-Composite Fabrication via Field-Aided Laminar Composite (FALCom) Processing.
Publication Date Sep 2012
Media Count 30p
Personal Author J. L. Holmes
Abstract A novel composite fabrication process is used to create multi- functional micro-composites, which can be tailored for specific end-use applications. The Field-Aided Laminar Composite (FALCom) process uses specifically focused electric fields to align nano- to micro-sized particles into chain-like structures, which are referred to as pseudo-fibers. These pseudo-fibers are then immediately frozen into place by the laser curing of the photopolymer matrix. The pseudo-fibers are arranged by design, and are used to create three-dimensional composite structures. In this research, multiple filler particles were selected for processing evaluation. Multi-walled carbon nano-tubes, aluminum micro-particles, and alumina micro-particles were aligned and oriented in an acrylic photopolymer matrix. Examples of processing and a review of experimental processing are shown, and conclusions and future work are discussed.
Keywords Acrylic resins
Aluminum oxides
Composite materials
Composite structures
Electric fields

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 71F - Composite Materials
41K - Engineering Materials
Corporate Author Army Research Lab., Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. Weapons and Materials Research Directorate.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept. Jan 2008 to present.
NTIS Issue Number 1308
Contract Number N/A

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