Master Thesis: Study the impact of CNT or graphen reinforced interlaminar region in composites

Lediga 08 oktober 2018

At Saab, we constantly look ahead and push boundaries for what is considered technically possible. We collaborate with colleagues around the world who all share our challenge – to make the world a safer place.






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Ros-Marie Lundh, contact Master Thesis +46 31 7949291
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What you will be a part of

Surveillance provides efficient solutions for safety and security, for surveillance and decision support, and for threat detection and protection. The portfolio covers airborne, ground-based and naval radar, electronic warfare, combat systems and C4I solutions, and traffic management systems.

The thesis work will be performed on the section of environmental analysis. The section of environmental analysis is responsible for environmental engineering analysis within structural analysis, thermal analysis and material analysis. Our mission is to be a support function to ensure safe and reliable products regarding electronics, mechanics and system structures. 

The department is involved from early concept design through defining necessary requirements, material analysis, perform detail design and structural analysis and finally verify the final product. The portfolio covers airborn, ground-based and naval radar.

Your role

Fiber-reinforced polymer composites are commonly made of sheets of polymer reinforced with strong carbon fibers. The fiber direction of each layer is optimized for the application. However, the layers are hold together by thin layers of polymer with no fiber reinforcement - the interlaminar region - thereby preventing thermal and electrical conductivity, and creating a common locating for damage when the structure is stressed. Cracks can rapidly propagate along these interfaces - weakening and delamination the structure and leading to structural failure. 

The interlaminar region can be reinforced with vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (CNT) or graphene flakes, to improve the adhesive and cohesive properties. In some cases, even a surface layer can be added, to improve the in-plane thermal and electrical conductivity. 

The following properties should be evaluated:

  • the mechanical, thermal and electrical properties influenced by either CNT or graphene reinforcement in the interlaminar region
  • the thermal and electrical properties influenced by a carbon layer on the surface
  • the interaction between the carbon reinforcement and the surface layer
  • environmental analysis
  • if some new features or extra values can be achieved, by help of this material 

The work will be both experimental and theoretical.

Your skills and experience

We believe that you are in the position to do you master thesis work and are looking for one dedicated applicant, probably today studying material science, mechanical engineering, applied physics or equivalent. 

It is natural for you to work in a team toward a common goal.    

Saab is a global defence and security company operating in the fields of air, land and naval defence, civil security and commercial aeronautics. We number 15,500 employees and have operations on all continents. Technologically we are leaders in many areas, and one-fifth of our earnings are spent on research and development.

Saab is also a company with opportunities. A company where we see diversity as an asset and where you have both considerable responsibility and good opportunities for advancing in your career. But also a company that respects each person’s needs for a rewarding life beyond work.

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