In this study, efforts are made to develop carbon nanofibers (CNFs) reinforced Polybenzimidazol (PBI) nanocomposite to resist high energy radiations in harsh space environment. Thermal analysis shows that PBI has the highest glass transition temperature among high performance polymers and it has substantial thermal stability. Tensile test results show that neat PBI has very high tensile strength and Young's modulus. Improvement in thermal and mechanical properties is observed after the addition of 2% CNFs in the PBI polymer.
H. M. S. Iqbal, Shantanu Bhowmik, and Benedictus, R., “Development of Nanofibers Reinforced Polymer Composite for Space Application”, in 17th International Conference on Composite Materials, ICCM-17, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 2009.