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Haydale and Airbus partner on graphene composites

The success of GraCELS-2 moved the parties closer to the production of commercial material for applications in aerospace structures and also for other applications

Haydale, the global advanced materials group, announced that the company has signed an agreement with Airbus Operations Limited and subsequently Airbus have filed a joint Patent Application to cover the intellectual property jointly generated by Haydale and Airbus under the multi-party NATEP-supported Graphene Composites Evaluated in Lightning Strike Project (“GraCELS-2”).

GraCELS-2 was designed to confirm that the incorporation of functionalised graphene/2D fillers could produce the next iteration of composite materials with significantly improved lightning strike performance compared to existing current carbon/epoxy systems alleviating the need for copper mesh.

The success of GraCELS-2 moved the parties closer to the production of commercial material for applications in aerospace structures and also for other applications which are susceptible to lightning strike.

In October 2019, Haydale launched a range of graphene enhanced pre-preg material for lightning strike protection utilising functionalised nanomaterials to improve the electrical conductivity and to reduce the unloaded weight of an airliner cost effectively and with clear environmental benefits. The technology underlying the Patent Application further enhances the effectiveness and performance of Haydale’s pre-preg range of materials.

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