The Carbon Fibre Team recently attended the Carbon Fibre Futures Conference. The two day conference in Geelong brought together Carbon Fibre scientists from around the world to discuss their work.
Seven members of the team presented at the conference. Andrew Abbott gave an overview of our precursor development, Jasjeet Kaur reported on PAN production and Luke Grundy discussed improvements to the wet spinning process. Dave Fox and Peter Lynch discussed the use of X-rays for optimising PAN production, Andrea Woodhead reported on spectroscopic studies of the carbon fibre surface and Tony Pierlot debated the merits of standardisation of carbon fibre.
While there were many highlights during the conference, a quote by keynote speaker Dan Pichler (Managing Director, CarbConsult GmbH) resonated with the CSIRO researchers: “It’s all about the precursor!” He said there are two camps in the Carbon Fibre industry, those who think the precursor is responsible for 70% of carbon fibre properties, or those who think it is 90% – he is in the latter camp.