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High Performance Polymers and Composites HiPPAC Center

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The CAU High Performance Polymers and Composites (HiPPAC) Center has made significant contributions in the synthesis and characterization of polyimides; synthesis and characterization of nonlinear optical polymeric materials; and fabrication and mechanical characterization of composites and increasing the participation of minority students in polymers and composites research.

The center’s research, development, and education activities focus on the development of high performance polymers and composites supporting the safety, environmental compatibility, and productivity of air transportation and space systems, and continue to provide an environment where undergraduate and graduate students can learn and participate in cutting edge polymers and composites research. Since 1992, over 90 undergraduate and graduate students from various departments have been supported by projects in HiPPAC. Further, the center collaborates with NASA, DOD and aerospace companies to conduct a range of research and development activities in the following areas:

Methods for dispersion of nanoparticles in polymer resins;

  • Rheology, cure kinetics and resin processability Inorganic-polymer nanocomposites;
  • Development of structure-property relationships in nanocomposites;
  • Mechanical characterization and modeling of polymeric nanocomposites, polymeric matrix composites and laminated materials;
  • Multiscale modeling of nanostructured composites;
  • Characterization of aerogels, and polyimide foams;
  • Fabrication of composites by resin transfer molding (RTM), vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM), and resin infusion.

The center has access to an array of equipment and instrumentation infrastructure to support these initiatives including axial and axial-torsion servohydraulic test frames, ultrasonic NDI and environmental chambers, resin and vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding equipment, and elevated temperature creep frames.