This presentation will discuss how to develop a hybrid, multifunctional composite material that is an improvement upon the thermal and chemical stability, and surface durability of traditional polymer composites. Such hybrid multifunctional composite materials can be applied in higher temperature and harsher environment than current typical polymer based composites, and can be utilized for enhanced strength and durability (salty and high moisture environment).
By using a standard co-curing lay-up process, in which a flexible conductive ceramic thin layer is bonded directly onto the outmost layer of polymer composites to ensure the material integrity, a new, effective and useful composite will be manufactured following the same procedure as standard carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites.
- Develop a hybrid multifunctional skin material that can withstand high temperatures and harsh environments
- Significant weight reductions on aircraft, while retaining the strength and durability of current components, increase fuel efficiency, longer flight time, higher speed, and lower fuel costs
- Increase to much higher temperatures much higher than that of current typical polymer matrix material