Development of highly electrically conductive composites for aeronautical applications utilizing bi-functional composite interleaves

Hu, Dongyuan, Yi, Xiaosu, Jiang, Minqiang, Li, Genghong, Cong, Xiaoye, Liu, Xiaoling, and Rudd, Chris (2020) Development of highly electrically conductive composites for aeronautical applications utilizing bi-functional composite interleaves. Aerospace Science and Technology, 98. 105669.

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Abstract

With the wide application of composite materials in modern aerospace industry, multifunctional carbon fibre composites are likely to play an important role in next generation aircraft. Here, carbon fibre reinforced epoxy composites were produced by using Functionalized Interleaf Technology (FIT). The electroless copper-nickel plated polyester veils (CNPV) were used as the interleaves to replace the initial resin-rich interlaminar regions with functional interlayers. The latter shows useful toughening efficiency, in which the G(Ic) and G(IIc) values for interleaved specimens increased by 59% and 31%, respectively. At the same time, the in-plane (sigma(xy)) and through-thickness (sigma(z)) electrical conductivities were also improved from 74.12 S/cm to 1079.6 S/cm and 1.5 x 10(-3) Skill to 5.29 S/cm, respectively. Moreover, it is found that the effective electric contact area at electrodes was increased by incorporating additional functionalized veils. Therefore, the interleaf material can be characterized by its bi-functionality as it provides both toughening efficiency in the interlaminar region and the ability to form an electrically conductive path crossing the resin-rich interlaminar layer, perpendicular to the laminate plane. (C) 2020 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

Item ID: 62857
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1626-3219
Keywords: Interlaminar fracture toughness, Electrical conductivity, Functionalized Interlayer Technology, Bi-functionality
Copyright Information: © 2020 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.
Funders: Ningbo Science & Technology Bureau (NSTB), University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China
Projects and Grants: NSTB 2017D10030, NSTB 2017D10033
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2020 07:50
FoR Codes: 40 ENGINEERING > 4001 Aerospace engineering > 400101 Aerospace materials @ 100%
SEO Codes: 27 TRANSPORT > 2701 Aerospace transport > 270103 Air safety and traffic management @ 100%
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