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MULTIFUNCTIONAL POLYMER COMPOSITES DOPED WITH NOVEL 2D NANOPARTICLES FOR ADVANCED APPLICATIONS

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - NANO2DAY (MULTIFUNCTIONAL POLYMER COMPOSITES DOPED WITH NOVEL 2D NANOPARTICLES FOR ADVANCED APPLICATIONS)

Reporting period: 2018-05-01 to 2020-04-30

The overall aim of the project is to increase reliability, effectiveness, and widen applications of polymer composites for structural applications by incorporation dual functionality using novel 2D nano-additives.
The specific aim of the project is to check prospective of novel 2D MXene nanoparticles to provide enhanced dual functionality polymer composites for structural applications combining their specifically engineered electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties.
The concept accounts for finding and extending potential for application of novel composites and validation of their effectiveness compared to well-known graphene- and CNT-filled polymers.
The materials under investigation: polymers (both thermoplastic and thermosetting, e.g. epoxy, PE) filled with 2D nanofillers (MXenes – e.g. titanium carbides, graphene). Samples range from thin films and coatings up to structural FRP composites (laminates with nano-doped polymer matrix and nanoreinforced interlayers).
Objectives:
1) Development of technology methods for manufacturing of novel fillers and polymer composites and nanomodified matrix/layers;
2) Experimental characterization of morphology, electrical, thermo-physical, and mechanical properties of novel nanomodified polymer matrixes and fiber reinforced composites;
3) Development of modelling tools for analysis and prediction of operational properties of novel multifunctional composites;
4) Implementation of novel materials and technologies into practical applications (development of materials prototypes).
During the first 24 months work was performed in all WP1-WP6. The following results were concluded for WP1: coordination and management are performed day-to-day, during a reporting period some problems were defined related to ESR involvement in secondments. WP2: were determined the optimal conditions for preparation of MAX phase – the base of the Mxenes. WP3: were selected and approved appropriate methods for the material characterization using similar 2D particles. WP4: after the literature review were defined analytical models suitable for modelling of mechanical properties of MXene-doped polymers. WP5 recently started with the preparation of prototypes – demo-composites – demonstrating advantages of MXene-doped composites in potential application fields. WP6: Professional development of consortium members was realised via the exchange of staff during secondments. Dissemination and Public Engagement activities were realized via presentations, lectures, and participation of international show.
Possible applications: lightweight structures with high electromagnetic shielding efficiency and overheat protection, flexible and wireless electronics, aeronautic and wind turbine blades providing deicing, lightning protection, structural health monitoring, automotive parts with antistatic protection, and others.
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