The leading edge is the first part of a plane that makes contact with the air.
Graphene is used for the Airbus A350 horizontal tail leading edge, manufactured by Graphene Flagship partners Airbus, Aernnova and Grupo Antolin-Ingenieria.
In collaboration, they added graphene to resin matrices in the aerospace sector and used the improved material to form the horizontal tailplane.
The testing results show graphene increases the mechanical properties of the leading edge, enabling to plane part to be thinner and lighter, all while fully functional.
This weight reduction and improved aerodynamics will enable huge fuel-savings across the lifespan of the airplane.
Another aerospace-focused demonstrator at JEC World will be graphene-based heaters. The thermal and electrical properties of graphene allow efficient, flexible and fast heating of modules – an effective option for applications in space, aeronautics, automotive, energy and food.
Graphene Flagship partner Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) has developed two different families of heaters: flexible graphene heaters and graphene heaters integrated into carbon fiber reinforced polymer, taking advantage of graphene's conductivity.
Other demonstrations at the event include graphene reinforced rubber compound for bike tires, electrically conductive graphene concrete and the world's first graphene running and hiking sports shoe – the inov-8 G-Grip.
"JEC World 2020 is a good opportunity to meet Graphene Flagship associate members leading the way with graphene applications," said Vincenzo Palermo, vice-director of the Graphene Flagship. "During the past seven years, we have managed to bring together academic and industrial researchers to take graphene from the realm of academic laboratories, and into European society. We have several impressive demonstrations applied across many industries that will be at the show."