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Global advanced materials group Haydale, (Ammanford, UK) noted on Aug. 1 that it has supplied graphene enhanced prepreg material for Juno, a three-meter wide graphene-enhanced composite skinned aircraft from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), that was revealed at Farnborough Air Show 2018. The prepreg material, developed by Haydale, has potential value for fuselage and wing surfaces in larger scale aero and space applications including the rapidly expanding drone market and the commercial aerospace sector. By incorporating functionalized nanoparticles into epoxy resins, the electrical conductivity of fiber-reinforced composites has been improved for lightning-strike protection.
The University of Delaware (Newark, DE, US) reported Aug. 16 that team of engineers there is developing next-generation smart textiles by creating flexible carbon nanotube composite coatings on a wide range of fibers, including cotton, nylon and wool. The electrically conductive carbon nanotubes give this fabric coating sensing capability. When the material is squeezed, electrical changes in the fabric are measured. Fabric coated with this sensing technology could be used in future smart garments where the sensors are slipped into the soles of shoes or stitched into clothing for detecting human motion. The nanocomposite coating or film is only 250 – 750 Nm thick and only adds about a gram of weight to a typical shoe or garment.