Oriented graphene enhanced multifunctional paint

Reference number
Coordinator SAAB Aktiebolag - Aeronautics
Funding from Vinnova SEK 659 000
Project duration May 2018 - November 2019
Status Ongoing
Venture The strategic innovation programme for graphene
Call 2017-04143-en

Purpose and goal

Graphene will be studied as a functional additive in paint. The idea is that by introduction of graphene into pre-existent paints generate new functions into the coating of aircraft parts and by that enable multifunctionallity. Graphene could enable electrical and thermal conductivity which in long terms can enable imbedded lightning strike protection and de-icing systems. The approach in the proposed project is to introduce graphene into a specific paint followed by organization of the graphene flakes in order to enhance the conductivity of the paint further.

Expected results and effects

Use of a paint with already documented good properties as a carrier for the graphene flakes gives this project a straight development curve. The development of a multifunctional paint is estimated to result in a demonstrator in 2020. Tailored multifunctional paint have a huge span of applications in aircraft and automotive industries but also in all day products such as for thermally conductive paint for furniture and interior applications. The international Project Group constellation gives Swedish graphene related research further international recognition.

Planned approach and implementation

The aim is to find optimal mixtures and painting conditions using a specific paint and to orient graphene flakes inside the paint. The project is divided in a product development which aims at optimizing the graphene-paint mixture and a process development which focus will be on potential approaches to orient the graphene flakes. The Project Group is composed of: Saab Aeronautics - Project Manager and stakeholder Linköping University - expertise in nanomaterials and characterization Danubia Nanotech - production and characterization of Graphene.

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