FGR holds the worldwide licence agreement with The University of Adelaide to exploit the development of a graphene-based fire retardant technology.
Fire is a devastating disaster for our society, costing lives, damaging the environment and causing economic loss. In the United States alone economic loss from fire is estimated at US$600 billion per annum, or approximately 2.1% of GDP. In Australia, the numbers are estimated at $15 billion or 1.3% of GDP.
Many of today’s airplanes are made of carbon-fibre composite, but putting graphene in the carbon-fibre coating made the plane’s wings stronger.
It has better impact resistance and is lighter and more drag resistant than a comparable with conventional carbon-fibre wings. The material’s strength means the wings of the plane would need to be coated with only one layer of graphene-infused carbon fibre rather than four or five layers of the conventional composite. If you can build a stronger aircraft with less material, it’s lighter, and you’ll fly farther. In tests, a graphene-enhanced skin on the wings improved impact damage, a standard measurement of potential in-flight damage, by at least 60 percent.