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Thomas Swan and the prototype of graphene-reinforced carbon fiber composite

Initial independent testing with unidirectional carbon fibres gave very encouraging results

North-East England-based independent chemical manufacturer, Thomas Swan & Co Ltd, has announced an expansion of its range of formulated Elicarb® Graphene materials with a prototype product focusing on the manufacture of a carbon fibre composite prototype.

Initial independent testing with unidirectional carbon fibres gave very encouraging results. Adding 1% wt Elicarb® Materials Grade Graphene in the epoxy resin in the manufacturing of a carbon fibre laminate improved flexural strength and modulus.

This gave the company motivation to move the development one step further and manufacture a commercially relevant carbon fibre prepreg (a woven cloth of carbon fibre pre-impregnated with resin). This prototype was prepared by working collaboratively with an established and experienced third party.

Thomas Swan will continue to develop, test and improve these materials and will work with selected partners to turn these into products over the coming months. Samples of these materials are going to be made available to companies interested in working with Thomas Swan.

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