Versarien has announced the successful completion of a grant funded project focused on graphene enhanced carbon fibre composites with the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at The University of Manchester.
Extensive trials of the graphene produced by Versarien’s subsidiary, 2-DTech, by an NGI team, in carbon fibre composite products, has demonstrated the benefit of adding graphene, particularly with regard to significantly enhancing the strength of the structure.
Following the positive test results from the project the NGI have reportedly indicated that they wish to purchase a significant quantity of graphene from Versarien for a specific project with a major OEM.
Researchers at The University of Manchester, commented: “The successful project demonstrated that the addition of 2-DTech XT graphene to the epoxy resin matrix was able to give a significant improvement in the performance of carbon-fibre reinforced epoxy composites. This technology is now being evaluated by a major UK company for use in a number of different structural components, with a view to commercial products being produced within the next six months.”