TechConnect Innovation Program

MWCNT–based Continuous Sensing Layer for Monitoring Critical Infrastructures

Rushford Conductive Nano Fiber, NY, United States


Sense and monitor critical infrastructure components e.g. Wind Turbine Blades that show distress or are unable to pass current load ratings. The layer consists of CNT based continuous conductive skin that is exceptionally sensitive to changes in strain and the formation and propagation of micro-damage and macro-damage.

Primary Application Area: Electronics, Sensors & Communications

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 5


Value Proposition: - Process simplicity
- Scalability
- Cost effective
- Low energy use
- Environmental safety
- Can be applied to wide array of substrates and nano particles
- Chemical bond (covalent)
- Does not degrade or weaken substrate
- Easy to integrate into existing processes
- Not capital intensive


Organization Type: Early-stage Startup (Seed)

Showcase Booth #: 40M - 40T

Website: (under construction)


Government Funding/Support to Date: 1. DOT (FHWA) FHWA-PROJ-13-0046: Development of Structural Carbon Nanotube-Based Sensing Composites for Rehabilitation of Deteriorating and Fatigue-Damaged Steel Bridges (2013-2018, $1,000,000)

2. DOD (USAF) F08B-T23-0127: Develop a hybrid structural health monitoring (SHM) system that can detect both micro cracks and localized damage/delamination in composite structures. (2009 / STTR / Phase I, $100K)

3. DOD (USAF) F08B-T23-0127: Develop an integrated system of carbon nanotubes (CNT) and piezoelectric sensors for structural health monitoring (SHM) of composite structures.
(2011 / STTR / Phase II, $750K)

Primary Sources of Funding: Personal Savings, Other

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners