Graphene-reinforced TeXtreme® materials
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 300 000|
|Project duration||May 2018 - September 2019|
|Venture||The strategic innovation programme for graphene|
Purpose and goal
Oxeon aims at developing graphene reinforced TeXtreme® materials (GR-TeXtreme®). To keep the TeXtreme® uniqueness, the concept is to integrate graphene in the current production. The GR-TeXtreme® products are expected to reach TRL3 (Technology Readiness Level 3) within this project resulting in an analytical and experimental proof-of-concept. Oxeon will work closely with (Chalmers Industriteknik) CIT who will provide support thanks to its extensive knowledge about graphene and conduct testing and characterization.
Expected results and effects
The use of graphene in the TeXtreme® products is expected to enhance mechanical properties of the final composite such as fracture toughness, impact performance, interlaminar shear strength. This would be of high interest not only for sporting goods but also for aerospace and industrial markets. The results of this FoI project and the development of such GR-TeXtreme® material are expected to boost Oxeon’s sales and will significantly bring higher competitivity.
Planned approach and implementation
- Graphene suppliers and products (05/18 to 06/18): selection of suitable graphene product. - Technical feasibility in production (05/18 to 06/18): production feasibility and risk analysis. - GR-TeXtreme® materials production (08/18 to 12/18): development of the GR-TeXtreme® reinforcement. - GR-TeXtreme® composite manufacturing (01/19 to 03/19): evaluation of suitable manufacturing processes and manufacturing of GR-TeXtreme® composites. - Characterization and mechanical testing (02/19 to 05/19): quantification of mechanical properties improvement.