Chengying “Cheryl” Xu and team at North Carolina State University have been developing a new skin for stealth fighter jets that will be more durable, and efficient. “We have to ensure the life of the pilot,” said Xu, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University. “If the vehicle is shot down, it’s a tragedy.” The carbon fiber-reinforced composite polymer skin which is under development by Xu and the team could solve these issues. The hybrid structure has two phases: conduction and insulation. The polymer-derived silicon carbonitride (SiCN) ceramic is reinforced with yttria-stabilized zirconia fibers to aid in the conduction of incoming electromagnetic energy. It can withstand extremely high temperatures upward of 1,800 degrees C. The composite is also reinforced with carbon nanotubes, which are lightweight and high strength, making the material especially durable.For identifying Growth Opportunities for Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) Marketplease visit https://www.lucintel.com/carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic-market.aspx
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