FURI | Spring 2023

Characterizing mechanical Properties of Graphene-Copper Composite Wires

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Recent research has shown the potential benefits of incorporating graphene into metal wires for high-power transmission applications. Graphene improves the current-carrying capacity of metal conductors and resistance to high thermal loads. In this project, the researcher compared the mechanical properties of standard annealed copper wires to graphene-coated copper wires through tensile testing. Strain data was measured using DIC software in MATLAB.

Student researcher

David Machbitz

Mechanical engineering

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2024