Carbon Nanotubes (CNT) is the fastest-growing segment in the nanomaterial technology market across the globe. R&D in carbon nanotubes is given a lot of importance by both–the government bodies and organizations due to their substantial potential applications in various industries. Amongst the most important and increasingly getting commercialized nanomaterials are carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and carbon atom cylinders with diameters less than 100nm. The demand for CNTs has been increasing rapidly in the applications such as field emission displays, integrated circuits, hydrogen storage, lithium-ion batteries, solar PV cells, fuel cells, drug delivery, and so on.
Research in aircraft design has increased with the growing sophistication of aircraft in the military and civilian segments. Carbon nanotubes based components reduce weight, increase fuel efficiency, and maintain aerodynamic balance for the aircraft. It also helps to improve structural integrity and provide lightning protection for the outer structure of the aircraft.
The significant players using carbon nanotubes in aerospace and defense industry includes The Boeing (U.S.), Airbus SAS (France), Northrop Grumman (U.S.), Bombardier (Canada), Lockheed Martin (U.S.), Honeywell International (U.S.), Sukhoi Design Bureau (Russia), AeroTek Industries (U.S.), and others.