Carbon nexus: a strategic overview and research highlights

Fox, Brownwyn, Henderson, Luke, Servinis, Linden, Huson, Mickey, Dunstan, Brad and Atkiss, Stephen 2014, Carbon nexus: a strategic overview and research highlights, in CAMX 2014 - Composites and Advanced Materials Expo: Combined Strength. Unsurpassed Innovation., Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE), Covina, Calif..

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Title Carbon nexus: a strategic overview and research highlights
Author(s) Fox, Brownwyn
Henderson, LukeORCID iD for Henderson, Luke
Servinis, Linden
Huson, Mickey
Dunstan, Brad
Atkiss, Stephen
Conference name CAMX Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (2014 : Orlando, Fa.)
Conference location Orlando, Fa.
Conference dates 13-16 Oct. 2014
Title of proceedings CAMX 2014 - Composites and Advanced Materials Expo: Combined Strength. Unsurpassed Innovation.
Publication date 2014
Publisher Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE)
Place of publication Covina, Calif.
Summary Carbon Nexus ( is a globally significant research facility at Deakin University focused on the manufacture and use of carbon fibre. Carbon Nexus represents a partnership between Deakin University and the Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing (VCAMM) and houses two production lines capable of manufacturing industrially relevant quantities of aerospace grade carbon fibre. The facility enables scientists to conduct research into the chemical, mechanical and nano-scale characteristics of new carbon fibre materials produced on site. There is a strong focus on evaluating these new carbon fibre products in composite materials, particularly composites cured using out-of-autoclave techniques. This paper will present an overview of the vision for Carbon Nexus as well as the technical capabilities of both the laboratory scale single tow line and the larger pilot line capable of producing up to 50 tons of carbon fibre per year. Both lines are fully operational and able to convert a range of polymer precursors into carbon fibre. They are representative of world's best practice for carbon fibre manufacturing methods and well suited to conducting energy efficiency studies. Highlights from recent research projects will focus on the effect of the surface treatment and sizing of carbon fibre on fibre-matrix adhesion in composite materials. In addition to this, results from studies of the effect of varying processing parameters on the structure and properties of oxidised polyacrylonitrile and carbon fibre will also be presented.
ISBN 9781934551172
Language eng
Field of Research 030301 Chemical Characterisation of Materials
030503 Organic Chemical Synthesis
Socio Economic Objective 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
HERDC Research category E3.1 Extract of paper
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Grant ID DP140100165
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