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21st December 2016, UK

New functionality for carbon composites

Vertically grown carbon nanotubes on the carbon fibres (horizontal black lines) enhance the electrical (e-) and thermal (q) properties of the composite. © University of BristolAdvanced technology that could enhance both the electrical and thermal conductivity of conventional composite materials has been developed following a collaboration between the universities of Surrey and Bristol, together with aerospace company Bombardier.

The wider application of carbon fibre composites, the researchers say, has so far been hindered by inherently poor electrical and thermal conductivities, but growing nanomaterials – specifically carbon nanotubes – on the surface of the carbon fibres, makes it now possible to impart these necessary properties.

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