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Self cooling functionality via vascular channel heat transit in an epoxy matrix

Dalton, Brendan, Archer, E, McIlhagger, AT and Harkin-Jones, Eileen (2015) Self cooling functionality via vascular channel heat transit in an epoxy matrix. In: 20th International Conference on Composite Materials, Copenhagen. ICCM. 10 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Vascular networks within polymer matrix composites have been developed in recent years. The systems offer a wide range of functionality including self-healing, self-sensing and also thermal control. This paper has looked at utilising internal vascular architecture within an epoxy matrix to control the part temperature via circulation of fluids. Networks have been created through the embedding and removal of sacrificial fibres. Parts were exposed to heat in contact/conduction and non-contact/convection experiments. Vascular components with fluid circulation exhibited as much as 73% heat reduction for conduction and 48% heat reduction for convection experiments, when compared to non-vascular parts. Components were also trialled in a freeze-thaw experiment.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:Self cooling, Epoxy composite, Functional material, Freeze-thaw
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Engineering
Research Institutes and Groups:Engineering Research Institute
Engineering Research Institute > Engineering Composites
ID Code:32975
Deposited By: Dr Edward Archer
Deposited On:11 Jan 2016 09:20
Last Modified:11 Jan 2016 09:20

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