Experimental Research in Aramid Materials
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 3/28/2019

Opportunity Description

Title of Research Opportunity: Experimental Research in Aramid Materials Located at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is the Army's central laboratory. Its diverse assortment of unique facilities and dedicated workforce of government and private sector partners make up the largest source of world-class integrated research and analysis in the Army. The Composites and Hybrid Materials Branch of the US Army Research Laboratory is looking for an applicant in the area of polymeric materials processing to perform experimental research in aramid materials, primarily in fiber form. Aramid fibers currently exhibit strength characteristics and therefore ballistic performance at a fraction of their theoretical ceiling. It is believed that through chemistry, processing, and structural reorganizations within the individual fiber, in addition to some engineering of the final fabric layout, it is possible to exhibit a 50-100% increase in ballistic performance over the state of the art. ARL is seeking to study Aramid materials from the chemical building block design, through polymerization and processing steps, and ultimately the woven layouts to produce anti-ballistic fabrics which can achieve this 50-100% increase in ballistic performance. The selected participant will perform research on the selection of viable chemistries possessing the characteristic theoretical properties, processing windows, and compatibility characteristics (ie, hydro- and thermo- environmental stability). Next these chemistries will be obtained, polymerized, and processed into fibers. Further testing and characterization research should result in candidate fibers for ballistic testing. This research may take the form of theoretical and computational analysis and will most certainly focus on experimental and processing demonstrations. The participant must be a US citizen, and have a B.S. up to M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Engineering Mechanics, Physics or similar technical area. The research will be carried out primarily at academic institutions affiliated with the Army Research Laboratory Northeast location. Keywords: fiber, structure, properties, characterization, processing, aramids, ballistic test, design

Opportunity Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Opportunity Type: Research
  • Experience: Not Specified
  • Date Posted: 3/28/2019

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