The capacitor is a charge storage device across two conducting plates, similar to a battery. It consists of two or more parallel conductive (metal) plates, separated by insulating dielectric medium such as waxed paper, mica, ceramic, plastic, etc. The current flows in the supercapacitor until the voltage across both plates is equal to the applied voltage. A composite structure can be manufactured in a manner that it can exhibit properties of capacitors such that the structure itself acts as power storage component.
It is useful in conjunction with structures that are powered by solar cells, as the supercapacitor can be used to store the electrical energy generated by the solar cells. In this works, the composite plate capacitors are fabricated from carbon fibre epoxy composites with a bond paper as a dielectric medium, as carbon fibre is a good conductor of electricity and also facilitate high performance mechanical electrodes. Vacuum bagging method was used to remove air bubbles before curing the laminate, as its essential to achieve void free, high quality composite laminates. The presence of voids can reduce the mechanical properties. The electrical properties of the activated carbone powder is high as it has high carbon atoms bonded together. The surface area of the electrodes are increased by mixing the (ACP) activated the charbon powder with an epoxy resin. Moreover, the use of ACP is cost effective, available in abundance and environmentally friendly. In the structural composite plate capacitor, the material is stiff and strong to sustain mechanical loading and at the same time is able to store electric energy.
ABOUT THE ENTRANT
Name: Haris Aslam
Type of entry: individual
Number of times previously entering contest:2
Haris is inspired by:
To reduce the fuel consumption of the vehicle, thereby reducing the pollution.
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