The equipment housed at Carbon Nexus significantly enhances the capacity to deliver real outcomes for researchers and industry in order to capture the enormous market potential of carbon fibre and related composites.
Companies working with Carbon Nexus will have access to:
The facility also provides an unparalleled opportunity for carbon fibre manufacturers to train their staff in production processes. It offers the capacity to simulate many process scenarios away from the pressures of commercial facilities and client schedules.
The requirement for security during carbon fibre research is essential and Carbon Nexus provides sophisticated protocols and systems to ensure client intellectual property and material remain secure.
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The Quickstep (QS) process uses a hot liquid filled mould to heat and cure composites. As the liquid has a much higher thermal conductivity than the gas used in autoclave cures, QS results in cheaper and much faster cure cycles.
The system uses a simple computer control which is easy to use and allows accurate control of the plant. Highly complex shapes can be achieved using different tool configurations.
Carbon Nexus has taken possession of a Favimat (AI) Robot2, the only one in Australia and one of just 15 in the world. The Favimat robot simultaneously measures the linear density and tensile properties of individual carbon fibres that are less than a tenth of the diameter of a human hair and very difficult to handle.
It can load and test up to 500 samples and removes the need for a highly-trained engineer. This and a number of other characteristics of the Favimat result in a significant reduction in both operator input and associated costs as well as a reduction in possible fibre damage.
Carbon Nexus' Surface Energy Analyser (SEA) has the ability to evaluate surface energy and wettability of a fibre.
The SEA is an inverse gas chromatography system that determines fibre surface properties by injecting vapour pulses into a column packed with the sample being examined. These vapour pulses elute through the column and the retention time is measured by a flame ionisation detector.
Varying the vapour probe molecule, flow rate, temperature, or column conditions elucidates a wide range of surface and bulk properties of the sample.
The DTBX tension meter performs the Dynamic Wilhelmy Method for determining wetness of fibre bundles. The instrument features cylindrical rollers pointing toward the operator and is equipped with both-sided flanged outside guide rollers for better filament guide.
Housed in the Geelong Technology Precinct, our facility supports a wide range of research projects that lead and inspire innovations in materials science and engineering.
The electron microscope facility contains six purpose-built laboratories, featuring a comprehensive collection of instruments used in the characterisation of materials.
The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) facility at Deakin University's Geelong Waurn Ponds campus is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation for the detailed characterisation of molecules and materials.
Carbon Nexus also has a suite of available materials processing, testing and characterisation facilities.
Materials processing facilities
Materials testing facilities
Materials characterisation facilities