Hybrid composite microstructures


HyFiSyn - Hybrid fibre-reinforced composites: achieving synergetic effects through microstructural design and advanced tools.

Light materials are crucial when reducing the emission of greenhouse gasses in areas such as the transport sector and production of energy, e.g. in wind turbine blades. In the new EU funded project HyFiSyn researchers from DTU Wind Energy, among others, are going to work for making light and strong materials for the industry during the next three years. The goal is to be reached by using so-called hybrid composites.

Expected outcome:
The aim of the project is to create a material which is strong as well as light. Carbon fibres weigh less and are stronger than glass fibres but they are more expensive. However, a larger elongation of the glass fibres is possible, compared to the carbon fibres, and this leads to synergy between the two fibres: The hybrid composite becomes stronger compared to what might be expected from a simple mixing of the two kinds of fibres. Combining the two kinds of fibres in a hybrid composite means a possibility of creating a lighter and stronger material and reducing the cost of the material.
Focus is on the microstructure of the hybrid composites, i.e. the architecture of glass fibres and carbon fibres, and how to achieve a controlled microstructure by the applied manufacturing process, to obtain the best possible synergy between the two fibre types.

The project is a Marie Curie project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

The project started 1st June 2018, it ends 31st May 2022.

Total project budget: 25.12 mio DKK.


Bo Madsen
Associate Professor
DTU Wind
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