Project Profile
   
Title of Project:
"Smart Adhesively Bonded High Performance Joint for Composite Structures"
 
Period:
10/01/2007 - 09/30/2010
 
Funding Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - Louisiana Board of Regents (LaBoR)
 
Project Background:
This NASA EPSCoR Research Project brings together researchers from Louisiana State University (LSU) and Southern University in Baton Rouge (SU)-the main campus of the largest HBCU system, supported by NASA researchers at a variety of centers and industries, for a collaborative project that will provide exciting new results for NASA along with developing an important new capability in Louisiana. The team combines experienced faculty with young researchers to provide a mentoring relationship designed to build research capacity at both institutions and bring the younger team members into prominence. This project was developed after seed support provided by Space Grant and EPSCoR and is a natural evolution from these programs.
 
Project Goal:
The goal of this three-year NASA/EPSCoR project is to provide NASA with durable, reliable, and intelligent adhesively bonded composite joints, and enhance the NASA-missions as well as the related research infrastructure and workforce training in Louisiana.
 
Research Objectives:
The research objectives are to: (i) dramatically and self-adaptively reduce peel/shear stress concentrations at the adhesive bondline, (ii) self-monitor, self-control, and self-heal the composite joint system in-situ, and (iii) extend the service life of aged/aging aircraft.
 
Education Objective:
The education objective is to develop a research-oriented approach designed to attract and retain a greater number of high caliber students, including minority students, in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, and to provide a well-trained workforce for Louisiana and for NASA and related industries.
 
Research Tasks:
Task 1: Theoretical modeling and optimization;
Task 2: Subcomponent material selection, fabrication and characterization;
Task 3: Development of Fabrication technology;
Task 4: Experimental testing and validation.