Candi M. Hudson Proposed Statement of Research
Candi M. Hudson
Prarie View A&M University

The current research of Candi Hudson is the design/development and testing (mechanical and thermal analysis) of polymer matrix high temperature composite materials. These high temperature polymers are materials which will be used on future aircraft. This research will be performed on Prairie View A&M University's campus.

It is extremely important to record and analyze the different types of resins and fibers that are used during the pre-preg process (AFR700B in particular). From each mechanical and thermal analysis test that is performed on a small polymer composite sample adjustments can be made according to the results of the test. In essence, on the basis of the results of the performed tests the degree of fiber orientation can be changed and or more or less resin can be added to the developed composite.

Testing will be performed in a temperature, humidity controlled environment. Small samples of polymer composites will be subjected to great changes in temperatures, from room temperature to above boiling, 100 degrees centigrade. They will also be subjected to intense strength tests, tensile and compression.

What is unique about polymer composite materials is that they can provide a high degree of strength and thermal resistance while at the same time provide lightweightness. This is important in the implementation of aircraft because composite materials can reduce the overall weight of the body. A reduction in total weight thus provides the capability of an aircraft in particular a space shuttle to fly faster; thus making it easier to leave the earth's boundary.

A composite material can virtually be engineered to a particular specification. Hence, increasing a polymer composite material high temperature strength provides it the ability to withstand high temperatures that a space shuttle would experience when leaving and entering the earth's atmosphere. This is important because it prevents corrosion as well as provides long term life of a component. Thus saving money in the future.


Wednesday, 26-Mar-2003 22:08:17 CST