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NEWS 19 Graphene in Aerospace Haydale supplies graphene for Juno aircraft Global advanced materials group Haydale, (Ammanford, UK) noted on Aug. 1 that it has supplied graphene enhanced prepreg material for Juno, a 3m-wide 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 poten- tial 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 nanopar- ticles into epoxy resins, the electri- cal conductivity of fiber-reinforced composites has been improved for lightning-strike protection. According to Haydale, the Juno project, led by UCLAN, has been a good demonstration for the viability of the prepreg material for struc- tural applications and the ability to manufacture components using traditional composite manufactur- ing methods. Further developments are underway to produce the next iteration of lightning strike protection materials based on these nanocarbon- enhanced prepregs. The technology is said to have performance benefits for a range of applications and industries including large offshore wind turbines, marine, oil and gas, and electronics and control systems. "Juno has highlighted the capabil- ity and benefit of using graphene properly dispersed into composite materials to meet key issues faced by the market, such as reducing weight to increase range, defeating lightning strike and protecting aircraft skins against ice build-up," says Haydale CEO Ray Gibbs. Haydale worked with the aerospace engineering team at UCLAN, Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Sheffield, UK) and the University of Manchester's National Graphene Institute (Manchester, UK) to develop the unmanned aerial vehicle, that also includes graphene batteries and 3D printed parts. MULTIPLE BENEFITS FROM USING A SINGLE MATERIAL! INQUIRIES@TFPGLOBAL.COM • 1 518 280 8500 WWW.TFPGLOBAL.COM ADVANCED NONWOVENS FOR COMPOSITES FROM TECHNICAL FIBRE PRODUCTS INC. High Quality Surface Finish • EMI Shielding • Adhesive Carrier Resin Flow Media • Electrical Conductivity • Fire Protection Corrosion Resistance • Fracture Toughness Improvement Abrasion Resistance • Galvanic Corrosion Prevention TECHNICAL FIBRE PRODUCTS IS PART OF JAMES CROPPER PLC SOLUTIONS FOR IMPROVED COMPOSITE FRACTURE TOUGHNESS & FIRE PROTECTION 16-18 OCT 2018 BOOTH K57 AEROSPACE Source | Haydale

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