Endeavor Composites, Inc.

Endeavor Composites

Brief Company/Project Description

Endeavor Composites, Inc.; a spin off from exclusively licensed technology of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); is implementing an innovative mixer system for the hydroentanglement process that offers several advantages over the current fiber dispersion techniques. The innovation evolves around the ability to disperse long (one to one and half inch) carbon fiber (CF) to produce, in a continuous scale, defect free non-woven mats and preforms with excellent quality control (density std. deviation bellow 3%).

We Are Looking For

  • Team members
  • Strategic partners
  • Equipment suppliers

Critical Need for This Technology

The rise of carbon fiber reinforced composites due to its high strength to weight ratio, created an abundant amount of scrap fibers and recycled fibers. A call for solution to prevent the waste of said fibers materialized through the work of Endeavor Composites, Inc. to transition it into long fiber non-woven mats.

Supplemental Needs for This Technology

The automotive industry has an increased demand toward light weight material, with the push to increase the millage per gallon efficiency. The success of this project will reflect in benefit for the increased demand and use of composites within the automotive sector essentially and the aerospace and marine industry down the line.

Competition

Endeavor Composite’s primary competition is other nonwoven manufacturers. Endeavor’s advantage is our higher production rates, defects free and higher quality control, ability to use long carbon fiber (double the length from what is available in the market today), ease of addition of functionalizing fillers to answer the needs for EMI applications.

Potential Market

  • Automotive parts with complex shapes, such as door panels and cabin heat shields
  • Aerospace interior, such as window panels and overhead bins
  • Electronic panels and Electromagnetic shields

Key Innovation

Development of a state-of-the-art mixing system that can disperse long carbon fiber in aqueous media, allowing in turn to produce defect free nonwoven mats and preforms for use in fiber reinforced composites manufacturing.  

R&D Status of Product

Proof of concept on lab scale for the creation of long fiber nonwoven mats and their functionalization at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and basic mechanical performance. The next step is to scale up in a pilot line and built a broad data base for the mechanical and functional performance of the material.

Team Overview

Hicham Ghossein, PhD – Founder and President

Advisors

  • Dr. Ahmed Hassen – Polymer Additive Manufacturing and Composite Materials, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Dr. Amit Naskar – Carbon and Composites Group Leader, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Dr. Dayakar Penumadu – Caron and Composites, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Dr. Gary Rawlings – Technology Consultant, Innovation Crossroads
  • Dr. Merlin Theodore – Carbon Fiber Technology Facility Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Dr. Uday Vaidya – Composite Manufacturing Governor’s Chair, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Lynn Youngs – Executive Director, Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Tennessee

Background Resources

“Innovative Method for Enhancing Carbon Fibers Dispersion in Wet-Laid Nonwovens.” Ghossein H; Hassen A; Paquit V; Love L; Vaidya U. Materials Today Communications (2018) 17 100-108. DOI: 10.1016/j.mtcomm.2018.08.001

“Processing and characterization of carbon fiber wet laid composites” Ghossein H; Vaidya U. CAMX 2016 - Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (2016)
 

Company Profile

  • Total Amount Raised: $400,000
  • Status: Private
  • Year Founded: 2019
  • Patents: 1 PCT filed with The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Primary Industry: Fiber Reinforced Composites
  • Estimated annual revenue: Pre-revenue
  • Employs: 1
  • Social Challenge: Low cost sustainable manufacturing to enable complex shape geometry composites, and elimination of fiber waste through repurposing and reutilization.
  • R&D commercial collaborator: Currently seeking commercial collaborators