A new partnership between The University of Manchester and a leading Chinese aviation company (BIAM - Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials) might result in lighter, stronger and possibly conductive graphene-enhanced parts for aeroplanes, high speed trains and other industrial equipment to replace traditional materials.
The partnership aims to promote the research and development in graphene reinforced aluminium matrix composites areas, and accelerate the application of graphene in the aviation industry and other sectors. In this project, BIAM and the University will exchange expertise and cooperate on the structural characterization and property testing of graphene reinforced aluminium matrix nanocomposites.
In the future, the two parties expect to expand the collaboration on graphene materials. Besides the graphene reinforced aluminium matrix composites, both parties will seek collaboration in areas of graphene energy storage materials, environmental purification materials and information materials.