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Multifunctional Advanced Carbon Aluminium Composite for Electricity Transport

Objective

Carbon/aluminium composite wire can give unique multifunctional properties:
high strength, low weight, high conductivity, and low thermal expansion. It has many potential applications, including greatly improved overhead conductors, but extreme processing difficulties prevent its exploitation. A group of academic and industrial experts in composites and electricity distribution aims for the breakthrough of devising the first continuous process for this wire, and to exploit its advanced properties in a new conductor design which will allow Europe to meet growing electricity demand with reduced environmental impact.
objectives
Overcome the interfacial problems between carbon and molten aluminium, which prevent production of the wire
Facilitate its continuous production. Research its use in a conductor of: high opacity;
low losses;
low sag;
long span.
Devise advanced conductor-winding techniques
Facilitate expansion of the overhead electricity network with reduced environmental impact through fewer new lines (~500km less per year) and lower towers. Promote exploitation of the composite in a wide range of applications (e.g. robotics, aerospace). Work Description
Research flux chemistry, plasma treatment and wire shaping to allow infiltration of carbon fibre by molten aluminium for optimum composite properties. Develop liquid metal control to combine these technologies in a pilot continuous route. Design an advanced conductor
Develop special winding techniques to cope with the highly stiff wire and produce test lengths. Compile a technical-economic assessment including exploitation prospects in wider applications. RelevanceRealisation of this multi-functional composite is only possible through specialist knowledge, in accordance with Activity NMP-2. The ambitious research involves the favoured topics of chemistry and surface science. Application areas are in energy, and longer term.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electrical engineering/power engineering/electric power distribution
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-NMP-1
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

C-TECH INNOVATION LIMITED
Address
Capenhurst Technology Park
Chester
United Kingdom

Participants (7)

ARC SEIBERSDORF RESEARCH GMBH
Austria
Address
Kramergasse 1
Wien
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DÉVELOPPEMENT DES MÉTHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
Address
Boulevard Saint-michel, 60
Paris
KEMA NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands
Address
Utrechtseweg 310
9035 Arnhem
LAMIFIL NV
Belgium
Address
Frederic Sheidlaan
Hemiksem
LUMPI-BERNDORF DRAHT- UND SEILWERK GMBH
Austria
Address
Binderlandweg 7
Linz
SAG ENERGIEVERSORGUNGSLÖSUNGEN GMBH
Germany
Address
Pittlerstrasse 44
Langen
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
Address
Place De L'universite 1
Louvain-la-neuve