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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th European Conference on Composite Materials, ECCM20
Place of PublicationLausanne, Switzerland
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2022
EventThe 20th European Conference on Composite Materials: Composites Meet Sustainability - Lausanne, Switzerland
Duration: 26 Jun 202230 Jun 2022
Conference number: 20th


ConferenceThe 20th European Conference on Composite Materials
Abbreviated titleECCM20
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  • multifunctional materials
  • carbon fiber reinforced polymer
  • design space
  • aircraft electrical power system


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