A framework for efficient design of multifunctional-CFRP for future aircraft

Tahir, M Hijaaj and Jones, C. E. and Whitfield, R. I. and Norman, P. and Burt, G.; (2022) A framework for efficient design of multifunctional-CFRP for future aircraft. In: Proceedings of the 20th European Conference on Composite Materials, ECCM20. Composite Construction Laboratory (CCLab), CHE, pp. 461-468. ISBN 9782970161400 (https://doi.org/10.5075/epfl-298799_978-2-9701614-...)

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The development of multifunctional carbon fibre reinforced polymer (MF CFRP) with the combined mechanical, electrical, and thermal functionality offers a route to increased light-weighting for aircraft systems. This paper presents a framework for efficient, early-stage identification of viable solutions for MF CFRP applications with a focus on the detail surrounding the capture of appropriate electrical, mechanical, and thermal requirements of the MF CFRP and defines the limitations and thresholds for the MF CFRP design space. By understanding the key drivers behind the boundaries and the limitations of this design space, future research efforts can be directed at identifying solutions to enable the realisation of MF CFRP which has required functional properties.


Tahir, M Hijaaj, Jones, C. E. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7524-5756, Whitfield, R. I. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1065-0395, Norman, P. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5577-1281 and Burt, G. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0315-5919;