The research and development center of China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology and Harbin Institute of Technology have jointly developed graphene-reinforced nanocomposite materials. Compared with carbon fiber composites, these new materials present performances increased by more than 10%, thus opening a revolution in carbon fiber composites, the Academy says.
Wu Di, researcher in charge of the project, explains that graphene-reinforced nanocomposite material is obtained through the addition of nano-scale graphene within the carbon fiber composite material, which further improves the carbon fiber toughness, strength, stiffness and other properties. The other advantages compared with the traditional carbon fiber composite material include a good electric conductivity, electromagnetic shielding function as well as moisture-proof and waterproof functions.
Wu Di specifies that in this material development process, the research and development center of China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology is mainly responsible for the simulation design of the early phase, while Harbin Institute of Technology is mainly responsible for the preparation of the materials.