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A cost-effective technology for carbon fibre composites

Carbon fibre composites exhibit extraordinary features such as high temperatures endurance and wear resistance that make them suitable materials for many space and earth applications. A promising novel technology for the design and manufacturing of carbon fibre structural elements using filament winding techniques resulted in the development of ultra thin structures with excellent mechanical properties that can be cost-effectively designed and produced.
A cost-effective technology for carbon fibre composites
The fabrication of increasingly advanced materials has significantly contributed to the progress of both space and non-space technology. In particular, the research results on design and production of carbon fibre composites has greatly benefited the industries of aerospace, aviation and the automotive industry. This on-going activity focuses on continuously optimising both the carbon fibre structures and their manufacturing processes.

A newly developed technology that utilises filament winding techniques allows the cost-effective design and manufacturing of carbon fibre composite structures. The technique can be easily implemented on an industrial scale. Extensive tests performed on various carbon fibre filament-wound structures proved successful and resulted in the processes' further improvement. The produced structural elements feature excellent characteristics including high stiffness, enhanced strength, light-weight, excellent long term stability, increased manufacturing accuracy, and very low per unit cost.

Performing successfully under extreme conditions, the offered technology can be readily used by the aerospace industry. Thereby, these carbon fibre structures are ideal to fulfil the space travel demands on utilisation of light-weighted, strong, wear-resistant and highly reliable materials. Similarly, the automotive and aviation industries can employ this promising technique to develop carbon matrix composite materials for new, innovative products that improve overall safety and security of passengers and vehicles.
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