20/7/10 -NanoRidge Materials Signs Partnership Contract for Armour Applications
20 July 2010
NanoRidge Materials, Inc., a Houston based nanotechnology manufacturing company has partnered with Riley Solutions, Inc. to manufacture and supply specialized nanotechnology enhanced armour for the US Department of Defense. As part of the partnership, Riley Solutions, Inc. is moving their headquarters from North Carolina to Houston, Texas, resulting in NanoRidge Materials, Inc. expanding into a 55,000 sq. ft. facility in the Houston area and creating 300 new jobs for the region within the next three years.
NanoRidge Materials, Inc., in close partnership with Riley Solutions Inc., is developing armour for rigorous testing against the most destructive small arms fire. The armour is a blend of conventional light armour materials with the most advanced application of nanotechnology. The company says that this blended layering fundamentally improves the armour’s resilience to impact and penetration, and thus defeats the hostile round as it strikes the new composite material. The hope is that this armour will provide military and law enforcement personnel with a better, lighter, and more cost effective protective solution than has ever been deployed before.
The two companies have teamed to design and produce nano-enhanced products and have identified the key to efficiently exploiting nanomaterials for mechanical reinforcement. Using specialized processes to adapt the highly versatile chemistry of carbon nanomaterials, their natural bundles are dispersed to create stronger linkages that can then be incorporated into armor composites.
NanoRidge Materials, Inc. manufactures high-performance nanocomposite materials and composite components. Their materials and composite structures incorporate carbon nanotubes for dramatically improved properties that are of significant value to customers in aerospace, military, oil & gas, chemical, and construction markets.