Manuel Morais

Manuel Maria Vilão Cruz Gião Morais

Country: Portugal  
Institution: Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT more...

MSc Aerospace Engineering in IST Lisboa and TU Delft (4th year and Master Thesis).

Academic interests (courses): Material Selection in Mechanical Design, Polymer Science, Composites, Joining Methods, Designing Materials with Aerospace Specific Properties, Self-Healing Materials, Sensor and Smart Materials, Design and Metallurgy of Aerospace Alloys.

Master Thesis Project on Self-Healing of Elastomer Based Systems in the NovAM group of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering. Project consisted on the development of a new test procedure for healing efficiency quantification in elastomers. Under supervision of Dr. Santiago Garcia and Prof. Dr. Sybrand van Der Zwaag.

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ESR Project:

Creation of oriented nanostructures in thermoplastic composites during processing Different possibilities for the orientation of nanofillers will be investigated based on the application of electric fields on polymer melts and defined flow patterns during moulding of parts. Not only nanofillers which are delivered in a random state like CNTs and oriented by defined measures but also ordered structures like platelets, lawns of tubes or CNT yarns are used. Processing methods which are capable to preserve the ordered staring configuration of the nanostructures are developed. The produced composites and parts will be investigated in view of their anisotropic properties. The materials are designed with the help of the simulations made at Universidade do Minho and characterized with the help of projects within TheLink concerning characterization.

Potential Applications: Graphene and related nanomaterials have suffered from the so-called "hype" phenomenon. There are indeed, infinite possibilities in various fields of application, and this has somehow scattered the focus of research. Multi-functionality in composites, i.e., the chance to improve several features at once (mechanical, electrical, thermal...) is a concept that naturally comes along with this kind of carbon structures, and that is certainly appealing to industry. Instead of requiring the development of a new product from scratch, and that is only possible due to the properties of this kind of materials, it consists of just adding it to something that already exists. The most interesting use consists then to compound these nanomaterials with polymers in order to make parts that could replace metals (in electrical, thermal conductivity, or lightweight structures), or even allow for new applications that were never possible up to now.