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Carbon fibre composites are increasingly being used across a wide range of industries, such as aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, clean energy and sporting goods, replacing traditional materials such as steel and aluminium.
Within Australia, demand for carbon fibre composites is increasing rapidly, especially in industrial markets such as automotive, pipelines and infrastructure.
The composite research group at Deakin University, led by Associate Professor Bronwyn Fox, has a strong national and international reputation for conducting research in partnership with industry, responsive to industry needs.
The main challenges for industry are to develop new low-cost automotive grades of carbon fibre, new high performance carbon fibre for aerospace applications and new carbon fibre coatings to improve handling and fibre matrix adhesion, with a focus on their end use. Another challenge is to reduce the cure cycle time to under 10 minutes to keep up with automotive production rates.
The group's research strategy is informed by discussions with industry partners about their future needs. Our vision is to be a world leading centre of excellence in providing research solutions for industry focused on the science of the manufacture and the use of carbon fibre.
The partnership between Deakin University, CSIRO and our collaborators across the globe gives us the opportunity to tailor the next generation of composite materials from their molecular components: carbon fibre research from molecules to materials. This capability is not only globally unique, but will also expand Australian scientific capabilities and provide new opportunities to stimulate and expand the Australian carbon fibre market.
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