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Development of aluminum beryllium for structural applications
Author(s): Thomas B. Parsonage
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Paper Abstract

A newly developed family of Aluminum Beryllium (AlBeMet®) metal matrix composite materials has been developed for use in. satellite, structures to address the needs of the designer for lightweight, stiff, thermally stable structures. This paper will present a overview of the development of these metal matrix composites materials and their use in satellite structures.

Lightweight and high modulus Aluminum - Beryllium composites offer significant performance advantages over traditional aluminum and organic composite materials. Aluminum- Beryllium composites also can be fabricated using conventional aluminum machining, joining, and coating technologies thereby reducing the cost of the final assembly and eliminating any special tooling or non destructive testing(NDT) that is sometimes required when designing and fabricating structures out of fiber reinforced composites.

This paper will present the thermal, physical, and mechanical properties of these composites, as well as providing structural test data for satellite components that have utilized aluminum - Beryllium materials, such as the ORBCOMMsm 1 satellites.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 1997
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 10289, Advanced Materials for Optics and Precision Structures: A Critical Review, 102890E (28 July 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.279808
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Thomas B. Parsonage, Brush Wellman, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10289:
Advanced Materials for Optics and Precision Structures: A Critical Review
Mark A. Ealey; Roger A. Paquin; Thomas B. Parsonage, Editor(s)

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