Paper in proceeding, 2022

Structural power composites, a class of multifunctional materials, have significant potential to facilitate lightweighting and accelerate widespread electrification in sustainable transportation. In civil aircraft, a bank of supercapacitors can provide power to open the doors in an emergency. Structural power composite fuselage components near the doors could provide this power and eliminate the mass and volume needed for the supercapacitors. To demonstrate this concept, we designed and manufactured a multifunctional component representative of a fuselage rib, which powered the opening and closing of a desktop scale composite aircraft door. This paper provides information about structural supercapacitor technology demonstrators, discusses the fabrication of this demonstrator and concludes by providing an insight into the future challenges that need to be addressed to realise structural power composite components.






David B. Anthony

Imperial College London

Emile S. Greenhalgh

Imperial College London

Tomas Katafiasz

Imperial College London

A. Kucernak

Imperial College London

Peter Linde

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Sang N. Nguyen

Imperial College London

Guocheng Qi

Imperial College London

Seyedalireza Razavi

Imperial College London

Evgeny Senokos

Imperial College London

M. S. Shaffer

Imperial College London

Maria Valkova

Imperial College London

ECCM 2022 - Proceedings of the 20th European Conference on Composite Materials: Composites Meet Sustainability

Vol. 5 253-259
9782970161400 (ISBN)

20th European Conference on Composite Materials: Composites Meet Sustainability, ECCM 2022
Lausanne, Switzerland,

Structural pOweR CompositEs foR futurE civil aiRcraft (SORCERER)

European Commission (EC) (EC/H2020/738085), 2017-02-01 -- 2020-02-28.

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