Multifunctional composites for energy storage

Kit Ying Chan, Kin Tak Lau, Baohua Jia, Han Lin, Nishar Hameed

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Due to the increasing greenhouse gas emissions and gradual run out of fossil fuels, there is a growing concern on the environmental protections and global energy demands in the world. Therefore, new energy storage technologies have been continuously developed to be integrated with renewable energy systems in recent years. On the other hand, advanced composites have become more and more popular in automotive and aerospace industry because of their significant advantages such as the high specific strength to weight ratio and non-corrosion properties. Thus, the cost and energy for transportation, maintenance and fabrication of composite structures with a complexed shape could be reduced. Todays, research interests in developing multifunctional materials in order to reduce the fuel and energy consumption have increased significantly. Therefore, this paper is focused on the development of the multifunctional energy storage systems. The concept of multifunctional energy storage systems, followed by the introduction of structural dielectric capacitors are introduced. Then, the experimental findings, in terms of the improvements on mechanical and electrical properties of the structural dielectric capacitors, conducted by other researchers are given. In addition, it has been proven that the structural dielectric capacitors could maintain their capacitive function under a mechanical loading. Lastly, existing challenges that would be faced in the realization of the structural dielectric capacitors are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event21st International Conference on Composite Materials, ICCM 2017 - Xi'an, China
Duration: 20 Aug 201725 Aug 2017


Conference21st International Conference on Composite Materials, ICCM 2017


  • Advanced composites
  • Carbon fibres
  • Energy storage
  • Multifunctional

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • Ceramics and Composites


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