Advance Fibers, Films, and Tapes
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 12/24/2018

Opportunity Description

Title of Research Opportunity: Advance Fibers, Films, and Tapes Polymer fibers, films and tapes are critical for a wider variety of defense applications including body armor, vehicle armor, and textiles. Despite the wide utility of these materials, much is unknown on how material parameters like the crystalline fraction, size, and orientation along with the tie chain structure influence the high-rate mechanical properties. Exceptional post-doctoral candidates are sought to investigate these material parameters and develop processing-structure-property relationships to enhance the performance of the polymers both individually and in a larger system. The project will require doing research with a large multi-disciplinary team that is focused on addressing real-world challenges. The primary focus of the project will be the processing and characterization of polymer fibers, films, and tapes to develop a fundamental understanding of the performance trends and future opportunities, investigate methodologies to consolidate the developed materials without reducing performance, and the incorporation of heterogeneous (i.e. non-polymeric) materials into the fibers, films, and tapes to further improve performance. Keywords: polymer processing, extrusion, structure-property-processing relationships Click here for more information

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About Us

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) administers Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research participation programs for civilians such as:

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Research Associateship Program (RAP) allow Postdoctoral Fellows, Journeyman Fellows (undergraduate and graduates students and recent graduates), Senior Researchers, and Summer Faculty engage in research initiatives of their own choice, that are compatible with the interests of the government and will potentially contribute to the general effort of the ARL. Scientists and engineers at ARL help shape and execute the Army's program for meeting the challenge of developing technologies that will support Army forces in meeting future operational needs.

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