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Johnson T.M.,Brigham Young University | Fullwood D.T.,Brigham Young University | Hansen G.,Conductive Composites Company
Composites Part B: Engineering | Year: 2012

Piezoresistive embedded sensors in carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) composites have the potential of providing a further multi-functional property to an extremely adaptable material. In this paper a conductive patch of nickel nanostrands embedded in carbon fiber composites displays repeatable piezoresistivity, thus becoming a strain sensor capable of accurately measuring strain, real time and in situ. This patch has compatible mechanical properties to existing advanced composites and shows good resolution to small strain. This method of strain sensing in carbon fiber composites is more easily implemented and used than other strain measurement methods including fiber Bragg grating and acoustic emissions. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 749.68K | Year: 2014

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Patent
Conductive Composites Company | Date: 2013-01-23

An electromagnetically active composite has an electrically-nonconductive host matrix and electrically-conductive nanostrand bodies embedded in a substantially uniform distribution throughout the host matrix. Each of the nanostrand bodies comprises a volume containing at least one nanostrand of filamentary metal. Adjacent nanostrand bodies that are sufficiently mutually proximate will interact electromagnetically with each other. The filamentary metal of the one or more nanostrands in each of the nanostrand bodies occupies a deminimus fraction of the overall volume occupied by the at least one nanostrand that comprises each of the nanostrand bodies. The filamentary metal is chosen from among the group of metals that includes nickel, nickel aluminides, iron, iron aluminides, alloys of nickel and iron, and alloys of nickel and copper. Individual nanostrands of the nanostrand bodies have an average diameter in a range of from about 10 nanometers to about 4000 nanometers, and the average diameter of the nanostrand bodies is in a range of from about one micron to about 3000 microns.


Patent
Conductive Composites Company | Date: 2015-08-21

A panel for an electromagnetic shield includes a light-weight, porous, electrically-conductive core layer of metallic foam having generally parallel opposed surfaces and a face sheet having rigidity properties superior to the rigidity properties of the core layer laminated to a surface of the core layer. Alternatively, a panel for a broadband electromagnetic shield includes a composite fiber-reinforced core having opposed surfaces and a layered electrically-conductive composite cover disposed on a surface of the core. The cover includes a first stratum of porous metal exhibiting pronounced low-frequency electromagnetic shielding properties and a second stratum of electrically-conductive elements exhibiting pronounced high-frequency electromagnetic shielding properties secured in an overlapping electrically-continuous relationship to the first stratum, the first stratum being a metallic lattice, and the electrically-conductive elements being a non-woven veil of electrically-nonconductive metal-coated fibers.


Patent
Conductive Composites Company | Date: 2015-08-21

A panel for an electromagnetic shield includes a light-weight, porous, electrically-conductive core layer of metallic foam having generally parallel opposed surfaces and a face sheet having rigidity properties superior to the rigidity properties of the core layer laminated to a surface of the core layer. Alternatively, a panel for a broadband electromagnetic shield includes a composite fiber-reinforced core having opposed surfaces and a layered electrically-conductive composite cover disposed on a surface of the core. The cover includes a first stratum of porous metal exhibiting pronounced low-frequency electromagnetic shielding properties and a second stratum of electrically-conductive elements exhibiting pronounced high-frequency electromagnetic shielding properties secured in an overlapping electrically-continuous relationship to the first stratum, the first stratum being a metallic lattice, and the electrically-conductive elements being a non-woven veil of electrically-nonconductive metal-coated fibers.

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