Integrated Design and Scalable Manufacturing of Lightweight, Multifunctional Buckypaper Materials
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The manufacturing of lightweight, multifunctional composites is a fast-growing industry of enormous importance. Research and advancements have resulted in innovative uses of composites in aerospace, auto, marine, and sporting goods industries. The recent discovery and insertion of nanomaterials, such as carbon nanotubes, further expands the capabilities and potential uses of composites for multifunctional applications. However, these nanomaterials are relatively new and their manufacturing often involves multiple and complex processing steps. Such issues have created difficulty in scalable manufacturing of nanomaterials with consistent quality, which in turn, has limited the application bases of these new nanomaterials. This presentation will discuss recent progresses in the development of a unique multifunctional nanomaterial, carbon nanotube buckypaper. Special focus of the presentation will be given on the integration of physics-based models and experimental data for scalable nano-manufacturing of buckypaper.
- Nano@Tech Lecture Series