NAWA AMERICA for ULTRA RESISTANT Composite Materials
Based in Dayton, Ohio, NAWA America is the US division of NAWA Technologies, focused on bringing multifunctional ultra-strong composites to market. It has been created by the acquisition of the assets of the US leader in VACNT for composite applications, N12 Technologies.
NAWA America will significantly widen the range of applications of multifunctional composites, engineering truly next-gen materials and substantially scaling manufacture. It will bring a new materials concept, NAWAStitch, to mass market.
Comprising a thin film containing trillions of VACNT arranged perpendicular to the carbon fiber layers, NAWAStitch acts as ‘nano-velcro’, reinforcing the weakest part of a composite: the interface between the layers.
- Eliminating the probability that a crack will occur in the interface, the concept also greatly improves strike damage resistance. Carbon fiber composites with NAWAStitch have their shear strength increased by a factor of 100 and shock resistance by a factor of 10.
- What’s more, a high-speed impact results in 50 percent less interior damage versus a conventional carbon composite. Together, this makes NAWAStitch the optimum way to reinforce the mechanical properties of carbon fiber composites.
NAWA AMERICA to partner with UDRI and MIT
As well as continuing all of N12 Technologies’ activities in this field, with existing and new customers, NAWA America has also established a research collaboration and license agreement with the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), through the Multifunctional Structures and Materials Group of Dr. Paul Kladitis – ranked number one in the U.S. in materials research. It has also signed a field exclusive license agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), through Prof Brian Wardle’s (NECSTLAB) research group, well known in the fields of composites and nanotubes.
LIGHTER and Almost UNBREAKABLE, NAWA AMERICA will help built a more sustainable Composites Materials
NAWA America’s NAWAStitch materials concept has huge potential across a wide variety of sectors included automotive, aerospace, renewable energy, space, defense, sporting equipment and consumer & luxury goods.
Volume manufacturing of the first products featuring NAWAStitch will begin in 2021