US COMP: Computational Development of Materials for Space Applications

September 29, 2017

The Institute for Ultra-Strong Composites by Computational Design (US-COMP) is a NASA Space Technology Research Institute awarded in 2017.

US-COMP will serve as a focal point for partnerships between NASA, other agencies, industry, and academia to: (1) enable computationally-driven development of CNT-based ultra high strength lightweight structural materials within the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) and (2) expand the resource of highly skilled engineers, scientists and technologists in this emerging field.


  1. Develop a novel Ultra-high strength lightweight (UHSL) structural material for use in deep space exploration.
  2. Establish a new computationally-driven material design paradigm for rapid material development and deployment.
  3. Develop modeling, processing, and testing tools and methods for CNT assemblage-based UHSL materials.
  4. Train a pool of highly skilled scientists and engineers to contribute to the materials development workforce.