Multifunctional application of carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites: Electrical properties of the reinforcing carbon fibers – A short review

N. Forintos, T. Czigány

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Abstract

In most areas where weight reduction is crucial, carbon fiber reinforced composites (CFRPs) are an excellent choice. Carbon fiber, besides its structural role, can be applied for several secondary functions as well, based on its electrical properties; for example, it can be used for crosslinking, welding, as a sensor and it can also facilitate self-healing. By merging these functions, a multifunctional part or structure can be created. In this article, we review multifunctional application examples of reinforcing carbon fiber. The focus is on utilization: which additional function and what physical layout can be used with CFRP. In a summarizing table (Table 1), we classified the presented examples according to their secondary function, the material used and the physical layout. With the combination of different functions, important materials can be created for the energy and transportation industry, for autonomous vehicles and for Industry 4.0.

LanguageEnglish
Pages331-343
Number of pages13
JournalComposites Part B: Engineering
Volume162
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2019

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Materials handling
Carbon fibers
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Electric properties
Fibers
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Merging
Crosslinking
Industry
Welding
carbon fiber reinforced plastic
carbon fiber
Sensors

Keywords

  • Carbon fiber
  • Electrical properties
  • Multifunctional materials
  • Polymer-matrix composites (PMCs)
  • Smart materials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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