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Haydale playing with composite resin upgrade.

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posted on Aug, 18 2018 @ 09:40 PM
While rabbit hunting came upon the advancement of carbon fibre composites and its technology.We all know about composite carbon fibre weaving machines that are becoming commonplace with aircraft construction.Such as Boeings Black Diamond weaving machine shown here.
With 3D printing carbon fibre now growing at a high speed the union of these disciplines is making it possible that airframes can be made more versatile and different systems can be inbuilt into the structure.
Haydale has been at the forefront of materials design for a long time and pushing the basics of different techniques.
Going back to basics with traditional composites the process is much like fibreglass where a resin is impregnated into a cloth giving it strength.Its an old process but still gives impressive strength.
Weaving the carbon fibre "cloth" via CNC gives itself to maximum strength in laying it at 45 degrees to each layer.The other part is the resin which is now being bought along to the party.
Including into the resin can be added a "filler" material.In the old days this was called "Micoballoons" which was a powder.Now the future is...

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.

Also in the same line of tech

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.
Maybe we can see this included into newer platforms.


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