Composite Materials Research

Center for Composite Materials Research

Center Director:  Kunigal Shivakuma

Location:  Fort IRC Building, Room 134 & 207

Complete processing and fabrication facilities are available through the Center for Composite Materials Research (CCMR).  This is the oldest continuously operating center in the North Carolina A&T State University. 

The center’s facilities were originally was established by a Center for Composite Materials Researchmajor funding from Navy (through ONR) and its capabilities enhanced through subsequent funding from NASA (Mars Mission Research Center), DoD (AFRL, ARO), FAA, NSF, and other private and federal agencies.  This complete facility will be available for this research.

CCMR has four laboratory areas located in the Edward B. Fort Interdisciplinary Research Center (IRC) with a combined area of 7240 square feet for Fabrication and Processing, Microscopy, Mechanical Testing and Computer Laboratories.

These laboratories are uniquely positioned to produce all types of polymer/fiber composites and carbon/carbon composites.  The fibers used are glass and carbon and the matrices are epoxy, polyester, vinyl ester, cyanate esters, phenolics and polyimides. 

The primary processes used for composites are Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) or its variations, Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM), compression molding, autoclave molding as well as hand lay-up. 

The fiber preforms are impregnated with polymers, and the resulting materials are characterized. 

The current RTM process for densifying carbon/carbon composites is uniquely suitable for the impregnation using the polymeric materials having high char yield.  For some polymers the resin infusion process can be performed in the autoclave, currently in our Fabrication Laboratory.