This is a selection of publications from the Structural Power Composites Group. For a full list of publications, please see below.


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author = {Nguyen, S and Anthony, DB and Qian, H and Yue, C and Singh, A and Bismarck, A and Shaffer, MSP and Greenhalgh, ES},
doi = {10.1016/j.compscitech.2019.107720},
journal = {Composites Science and Technology},
title = {Mechanical and physical performance of carbon aerogel reinforced carbon fibre hierarchical composites},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compscitech.2019.107720},
volume = {182},
year = {2019}

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AB - Carbon aerogel (CAG) is a potential hierarchical reinforcement to improve the matrix-dominated mechanical properties of continuous carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites in both multifunctional and purely structural applications. When using CAG to reinforce a polyethylene glycol diglycidyl ether (PEGDGE) matrix, the interlaminar shear strength, compressive modulus and strength increased approximately four-fold, whilst the out-of-plane electrical conductivity increased by 118%. These mechanical and electrical performance enhancements significantly improve the multifunctional efficiency of composite structural supercapacitors, which can offer weight savings in transport and other applications. However, CAG also has the potential to reinforce conventional continuous CF composites in purely structural contexts. Here, CAG reinforcement of structural epoxy resin composites marginally increased compressive (1.4%) and tensile (2.7%) moduli respectively, but considerably reduced compressive, tensile and interlaminar shear strengths. Fractographic analysis shows that the reduced performance can be attributed to poor interfacial adhesion; in the future, alternative processing routes may resolve these issues to achieve advances in both moduli and strengths over conventional structural CFRPs.
AU - Nguyen,S
AU - Anthony,DB
AU - Qian,H
AU - Yue,C
AU - Singh,A
AU - Bismarck,A
AU - Shaffer,MSP
AU - Greenhalgh,ES
DO - 10.1016/j.compscitech.2019.107720
PY - 2019///
SN - 0266-3538
TI - Mechanical and physical performance of carbon aerogel reinforced carbon fibre hierarchical composites
T2 - Composites Science and Technology
UR - http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compscitech.2019.107720
UR - http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/71804
VL - 182
ER -