Carbon nanotubes for next generation aircraft materials

Luhyna, Nataliia, Vo, Thuc and Inam, Fawad (2013) Carbon nanotubes for next generation aircraft materials. In: Third International Conference on Aerospace Science and Engineering (ICASE-2013), 21-23 August 2013, Islamabad, Pakistan.

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A perfect crystalline carbon nanotube (CNT) is one of the lightest, strongest and stiffest materials known from the last two decades. However, they are yet to be thoroughly exploited for any potential aerospace product. The current paper demonstrates some of the significant benefits for using CNT filled materials for developing the next generation hybrid micro/nano-composites for aircrafts. CNTs were used to expedite processing (microwave curing) and reduce energy consumption for Carbon Fibre Reinforced Epoxy (CFRE) composites. CNTs induced strain sensing and structural health monitoring capability to CFRE composites as demonstrated in this work. It was also shown that CNTs significantly increased the fracture damage tolerance of CFRE composites that are currently being used for Boeing 787 and Airbus’ A350-XWB, where the latter aircraft is yet to be launched.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)
Additional Information: Key note speech.
Subjects: F200 Materials Science
H300 Mechanical Engineering
H400 Aerospace Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
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Depositing User: Fawad Inam
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2013 08:43
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2016 09:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/13528

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