Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) is a well-known composite material for structural applications. Carbon-based nanomaterials, metallic nanoparticles along with a new generation of conductive polymers are some of the most promising fillers that can be added to CFRP to tailor their mechanical, electrical and thermal properties. We design and process nano reinforced materials and investigate their behavior by several characterization techniques including microscopy, x-ray tomography, mechanical analysis, thermal analysis, electrical conductivity measurements and coupled electromechanical analysis. The final target is to predict the influence of the formulation and the process on the final macroscopic properties for their practical design. This requires advanced modeling and simulation strategies that are also developed by the COHMAS team.
Funding agency: SABIC and Boeing