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Multifunctional Structural Boron Nitride Nanotube Composites for Aerospace Applications

Langley Research Center (LARC) - Internship
Boron Nitride Nanotube (BNNT) is a structural analogue of carbon nanotube. Having extraordinary mechanical properties, BNNTs also offer unique high thermal stability (> 900°C in air), chemical stability, high dielectric strength, neutron radiation shielding, piezoelectricity (sensing/actuation), and a dyeable white color. Developed at NASA, our novel high pressure, high temperature BNNT synthesis produces clean white, highly crystalline, small diameter, long BNNTs without using a catalyst. To explore BNNTs, new BNNT composites, fibers, and yarns will be developed using polymers, metals, and ceramics to study heir mechanical, thermal, electrical, sensing/actuation, and radiation shielding properties systematically for aerospace applications. A gifted student is sought to research and develop new multifunctional BNNT-fibers, and BNNT-nanocomposite materials that will be used for real-world aerospace applications.
Internship Facts
Session(s): Spring 2018
Available slots: 3
Academic Level(s): College - Freshman
College - Sophomore
College - Junior
College - Senior
Pursuing Masters
Pursuing Doctorate
Academic Discipline(s): Engineering - Aerospace Eng.
Engineering - Biomedical Eng.
Engineering - Chemical Eng.
Engineering - Civil Eng.
Engineering - Environ Eng.
Engineering - Industrial Eng.
Engineering - Materials Eng.
Engineering - Mechanical Eng.
Engineering - Nuclear Eng.
Engineering - Polymer Eng.
Engineering - Structural Eng.
Science - Chemistry
Science - Earth Sciences
Science - Environ Sciences
Science - Physical Science
Science - Physics
Technology - Nanotechnology
Engineering - General
Science - General
NASA Center/Facility Name: Langley Research Center (LARC)
Building Number/Name & Room Number 1293C / 262
Work Environment Laboratory
Expected outcome: Poster presentation and Final report
Student's special skills: n/a
Comments: Must be 18+