Graphene Thermoplastics for Mass-Produced Electronics, Packaging and Structural Parts
New research will demonstrate the significant improvements in mechanical, electrical, thermal and barrier properties of thermoplastics that can be achieved by introducing graphene to the polymer. Reinforcing polymers with graphene nano platelets can give exceptionally high property increases. NetComposites is currently bringing together a European partnership of companies to develop this technology for a range of application areas, including electronics, lighting, packaging and structural components. The project will concentrate on thermoplastic
masterbatches and compounds that can be used in a range of moulding processes and additive manufacturing methods (SLS, FDM). The project will be led by a group of companies that want to explore the potential of graphene thermoplastics in high-volume products, and NetComposites is looking for additional companies to join this end-user group to steer the project. Companies would have input into the specification of properties, applications and markets. It is anticipated that funding for the project will be through the European Commission’s Framework 7 funding programme.
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The thermal characteristic of the protected object is crucial; for example the electric cable, the wiring harness or the semiconductor switch in the connected control unit. Instead of safety fuses or electro-magnetically triggered mechanical contacts, electronic fuses contain semiconductor switches along with their control logic including protective and diagnostic functions