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Applied NanoStructured Solutions, LLC (ANS) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation dedicated to the rapid development and commercialization of nanotechnology. ANS has developed a revolutionary way to grow Carbon Nanostructures (CNS) directly onto various substrates through a continuous and production-scalable process. This process allows a tunable percentage of CNS to be incorporated into composites. ANS was formed in April 2010 coinciding with the signing of a Joint Development Agreement between ANS and Owens Corning. The primary focus of the two-year effort is to commercialize the CNS infusion technology for glass substrates, which can then be utilized in conductive thermoplastics, multifunctional laminates, and high performance composites. In addition, ANS has the capability to grow on other substrates such as ceramics and metals.

CNS-infused fibers and materials are used to create next-generation composite materials, which feature multi-functional properties such as enhanced mechanical properties and metal-like thermal and electrical conductivity. These enhanced properties are useful in a variety of applications including electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding and electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection for electronics, light weight conductive laminates for both EMI and Lightning Strike Protection, and injection moldable conductive thermoplastics. Some of the initial markets for which the material is being developed include commercial aircraft, rotorcraft, spacecraft, marine craft, and ground vehicles. The overall focus is to develop affordable, cutting-edge nanotechnology-based solutions for the needs of both defense and commercial markets.

Carbon Nanostructures

Carbon Nanostructures infused directly into glass fibers.

Carbon Nanostructures

Carbon Nanostructures infused directly into glass fibers.

A Continuous and Production-Scalable Process

This process allows a tunable percentage of CNS to be incorporated into composites.

A Continuous and Production-Scalable Process

This process allows a tunable percentage of CNS to be incorporated into composites.

Carbon Nanostructure Fibers Boost NASA Spacecraft

Lockheed Martin subsidiary Applied NanoStructured Solutions produced the carbon nanostructure-infused fiber used to make contoured supports that prevent thermal blanketing from interfering with Juno’s solar array support mechanisms.Photo courtesy of NASA.

Carbon Nanostructures

Carbon Nanostructures infused directly into glass fibers.

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Carbon Nanostructure Fibers Boost NASA Spacecraft

Lockheed Martin subsidiary’s new technology protects key system for Juno’s six-year mission to explore Jupiter

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