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Nanotechnology for aerospace: potential transitions from university research
Author(s): Forrest J. Agee
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Paper Abstract

Nanotechnology is expected to provide the fundamental basis of the next two generations of products and processes. Impacts for applications are already being felt in many fields, and there is interest especially in the aerospace industry, where performance is a major driver of decisions for applications. Four areas are receiving special emphasis in a program aimed at the Air Force's strategic focus on materials. The emphasis includes adaptive coatings and surface engineering, nanoenergetics, electromagnetic sensors, and power generation and storage. Seven universities in Texas have initiated the CONTACT program of focused research including nine projects in the first year, with plans for expansion in subsequent years. This paper discusses the focus, progress, and plans for the second year and opportunities for industry input to the scope and content of the research. A new model for the creation and guidance of research programs for industry is presented. The new approach includes interaction with the aerospace industry and the Air Force that provides a focus for the research. Results to date for the new method and for the research are presented. A discussion of nanoengineering technology transition into the aerospace industry highlights the mechanisms for enhancing the process and for dealing with intellectual property.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 April 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6979, Independent Component Analyses, Wavelets, Unsupervised Nano-Biomimetic Sensors, and Neural Networks VI, 69790E (16 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.776736
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Forrest J. Agee, Rice Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6979:
Independent Component Analyses, Wavelets, Unsupervised Nano-Biomimetic Sensors, and Neural Networks VI
Harold H. Szu; F. Jack Agee, Editor(s)

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