Carbon fibre-reinforced polymer laminates with nanofiller-enhanced multifunctionality

Wei Han, Youhong Tang, Lin Ye

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The demand for high-strength and high-toughness material with lightweight and multifunctionality has always been a matter of concern. The specific properties of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites make it a promising candidate for various structural and functional applications. In this chapter, we review the performance of CFRP composites with various nanofillers (1) to enhance mechanical behaviours as structural materials, including interlaminar strength and toughness, impaction and fatigue performance, and (2) to enable/enhance multifunctional behaviour, including thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity and other performance. Overall, this discussion provides a broad overview and technically viable routes to obtain particular combinations of various mechanical and functional behaviours of CFRP with nanofillers included. Future exploration may involve using hybrid nanofillers to achieve multifunctionality and the application of electrospinning and 3D printing technologies for cost-effective and large-scale manufacture.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Structural Integrity of Carbon Fiber Composites
Subtitle of host publicationFifty Years of Progress and Achievement of the Science, Development, and Applications
EditorsPeter W.R. Beaumont, Constantinos Soutis, Alma Hodzic
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-46120-5
ISBN (Print) 978-3-319-46118-2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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