The Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials has said it has produced a new material combining graphene and aluminum alloy and developed technology to mass produce high-quality graphene membrane and powder, reports the website of China's Global Times.
Sources involved with the institute, which is affiliated to China Aviation Industry Corporation, told the paper that the new material may lead to a revolutionary change in the aviation industry in the future. The new material has a yield strength of 58% and a tensile strength of 25% and opens up the possibility of using graphene to produce high-end alloys. The institute plans to use the material to enhance titanium alloys to produce new materials for aircraft.
Graphene is a single-layer new material made of pure carbon. It is the thinnest and strongest nanograde material. It is 100 times stronger than steel and conducts electricity 140 times faster than silicon, with transmittance of 97.7%. Technology giants such as Apple and Samsung have tried to use the material to produce a bendable smartphone as thin as a piece of paper and other companies have tried to use it to create a large-capacity battery that can power a car to run for longer on a single charge.