Materials that can withstand a rough ride

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About the research

When you think of textiles, you probably think of t-shirts, carpets or perhaps even parachutes. But did you know that even parts of the fuselage of an airplane could be made from textiles? In his doctorate Lode Daelemans develops new textile materials to strengthen composite for the aviation sector, among others. Will these new materials take off?

New materials
Technology
Lode Daelemans
UGent

It was the books from the Dutch "Ooggetuigen" ('Eyewitnesses') series that made Lode Daelemans enthusiastic about science as a child. During his studies at UGent he discovered the fascinating world of materials science. After finishing his studies, he had the opportunity to start a research project on the development of new lightweight materials. His research focuses on the textile-reinforced plastics found in energy-efficient applications such as wind turbines and racing bikes. 

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