Manufacturing for structural applications of multifunctional composites
Host Institution: Imperial College London, The University of Bristol
Lead Investigator: Ivana Partridge, Paul Robinson
Develop manufacturing processes that integrate multifunctional mass/heat/charge transport capabilities within structural configurations, such as doubly-curved surfaces, sandwich panels, and plates with stiffeners and frames
Carry out a systems level review, including cost-benefit analysis, to identify the constraints involved in taking some of the multifunctional composites concepts through, from the current very low TRL space, towards industrial application
Study of electrical energy storage capability based on supercapacitors exploiting a hierarchical composite, incorporating carbon aerogel.
Making microbraids of epoxy soluble thermoplastic threads with very thin metal wires to enable the delivery of a pre-determined balance of mechanical, thermal, electrical and self-sensing attributes to a final composite structure.
Pathways to Impact
Aerospace partners who require structures to perform multiple functions to reduce parasitic weight
Automotive and wind energy sectors may also become early adopters