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T300HoneySiC: a new near-zero CTE molded C/SiC material
Author(s): William A. Goodman; Mehrdad N. Ghasemi Nejhad; Stan Wright; Darren Welson
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Paper Abstract

Using an Additive Manufacturing process, Trex Enterprises and teammates were successful in producing a 12-inch by 12-inch by 0.5-inch vented, lightweight, Honeycomb C/SiC ceramic matrix composite (CMC) panel which had a density relative to bulk silicon carbide of 11% (89% lightweighting). The so-called T300HoneySiC™ panel and facesheet stock material were fabricated into ASTM standard coupons and tested at Southern Research Institute to obtain basic materials properties data. The material properties data showed that we had made a near-zero coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE= -0.22 ppm/°C from -196°C to +24°C) CMC C/SiC material with good strength. This material will be ideal for space opto-mechanical structures and optical benches due to its near-zero CTE and light weight. The material is initially molded and then converted to a C/SiC ceramic matrix composite, thus the fabrication time can be less than 3 weeks from start to finish, resulting in low cost.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 September 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9574, Material Technologies and Applications to Optics, Structures, Components, and Sub-Systems II, 95740E (2 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2185638
Show Author Affiliations
William A. Goodman, Trex Enterprises Corp. (United States)
Mehrdad N. Ghasemi Nejhad, Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa (United States)
Stan Wright, Ultracor Inc. (United States)
Darren Welson, Starfire Systems Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9574:
Material Technologies and Applications to Optics, Structures, Components, and Sub-Systems II
Matthias Krödel; Joseph L. Robichaud; William A. Goodman, Editor(s)

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