UCLan to unveil graphene-enhanced materials for aerospace application

Deemed as the first experiment of its kind, researchers at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), say sources, have been rigorously exploiting graphene material for practical applications in the UK space industry. Reportedly, in a recent experiment, the researchers of UCLan were successful in launching graphene-based carbon fiber material into space with the help of high altitude balloons.Upon speculating the success of the experiment, industry analysts predicted that the developing process of infusing graphene into aerospace composite structures will enable graphene market players to test the structural and weight saving benefits of this material.

For the record, graphene has been touted as the world’s first 2D material with incredible flexibility and immense toughness. Moreover, the material is also found to be ultra-light in weight and 200 times stronger than steel. With regards to these high-end material properties, UCLan scientists believed that, graphene in combination with other materials will allow aerospace applications such as satellites and aircrafts to be much lighter in weight yet sturdy enough to bear the impact of space debris. In the backdrop of this scenario, industry experts predict that, the new material advancement in graphene industry will in turn reduce the costs of launching satellites and aircrafts into space.

If sources are to be believed, UCLan is likely to disrupt graphene industry trends in the years to come, given that it has been extensively exploring graphene material applications in the aerospace sector. In fact, it has been reported that the researchers of UCLan will compare the test results of a standard carbon fiber casing and a graphene-enhanced carbon fiber with the help of the data from the sensors attached to the casings, to further take next necessary steps in the progress of their research.

According to reports, this research program, led by UCLan, is partly funded by the UK Space Agency’s National Space Technology Programme, while Haydale Composite Solutions and Sent Into Space remain industrial partners.