The US Army Research Laboratory seeks to commercialize through patent licensing a new method for manufacturing fiberglass with concurrent excellent structural and impact energy absorption capability.
The US Army has developed a patent-pending method to improve energy absorption in glass fibers for composite reinforcement. This methods combines non-reactive and reactive silane coupling agents and a surface roughening agent that yields a polymer matrix composite that maintains structural strength with significantly improved energy-absorbing capabilities in various types of fiberglass (E-glass, S-glass, etc.).
Fiberglass is the most commonly produced type of composite reinforcement in the world, largely because it offers good strength and low cost at a relatively low density. Fiberglass reinforced composites can be manufactured for structural or impact resistance purposes; however, traditional techniques involve a trade-off of properties.
- Best of both worlds: 40% increase in the energy absorption of composites is possible with no loss in structural properties
- Cost effective: Enhanced capabilities for various types of fiberglass without additional manufacturing expenses
- Simple: Minor modifications to production techniques are required for manufacturing
This is a patent licensing opportunity. Published papers and data are available for review and a pending patent is available under a non-disclosure agreement. The inventor is available for discussion and potential collaboration.