The 2018 NationalDefense Strategy 

The United States 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) reinforces the Department of Defense (DoD) mission of providing “combat-credible military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of our nation.” The approach outlined in the Strategy recognizes that America is in a unique position to “challenge our competitors where we possess advantages and they lack strength.” An innovator in material science research and development, BNNano is actively working to support the vision of the NDS and the goals of the DoD through the unique advantages that their materials and products provide. 

Nanotechnology in Military Strategy

The NDS looks to three key areas of activities: refining DoD operations, establishing strong and reliable alliances and partners, and increasing the lethality of combat force. American innovators contribute to combat force objectives by applying their insight in technology development, practical know-how and rapid deployment.  

Today, technology provides our warfighters with the edge in personal and battlefield resources across communications, armor, and weapons systems. Nanotechnology is now playing an increasing role in the creation of materials that will improve existing military systems and create novel solutions for military purposes. 

The Role of Boron Nitride Nanotubes

Boron Nitride Nanotubes are like common carbon nanotubes, having similar mechanical properties, but Boron Nitride Nanotubes differ significantly on other properties such as electrical insulation and radiation absorption. BNNano’s very high purity Boron Nitride Nanotubes material accentuates the unique properties of Boron Nitride Nanotubes and offers the ability to customize this remarkable material for specific needs, including diverse military applications.

Nanoscience, Nanotechnology & Nanotubes

Simply put, nanoscience and nanotechnology are the study and application of extremely small things. Today’s materials engineers are designing products at the atomic and molecular level for game-changing results

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Nanotubes are small hollow cylinders with diameters of 2 to 20 nanometers and lengths on the order of tens of microns.  Individual tubes exhibit extraordinary properties, including high thermal stability and thermal conductivity, electrical resistivity, exceptional strength and stiffness, and super hydrophobicity (resists combining with or dissolving in water).  

Military Applications of BORON NITRIDE NANOTUBES-enhanced Materials 

Heat Sinks and Coolants

Mechanical heat sinks

made with Boron Nitride

Nanotube materials

provide more efficient

cooling for applications

from pulsed laser

weapons to high-power

electronics.

Added to liquids like water

or glycol, Boron Nitride

Nanotubes improve the

heat carrying capacity.

Reinforced Personal and Vehicle Armor 

Boron Nitride Nanotubes

adds lightweight mechanical

strength to other materials

which can improve the

protective properties of

personal and vehicle armor.

Improved Radiation Protection 

Due to its capacity to absorb

neutrons, NASA has

explored the use of Boron

Nitride Nanotubes materials

for various space

applications.

Enclosures made with Boron

Nitride Nanotubes materials

may provide better shielding

for sensitive electronics.

Improved Resistance to Corrosion

Boron Nitride Nanotubes

are inert in the presence

of many other materials.

This reduces “Galvanic

corrosion” that occurs

when dissimilar materials

are coupled.

Textile Durability Enhancement 

Due to its capacity to absorb

neutrons, NASA has

explored the use of Boron

Nitride Nanotubes materials

for various space

applications.

Enclosures made with Boron

Nitride Nanotubes materials

may provide better shielding

for sensitive electronics.

Lubrication

Boron Nitride Nanotubes act

as an effective dry, high

temperature (850C)

lubricant. When added to oil

Boron Nitride Nanotubes

reduce both friction and

wear.

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