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Carbon/Carbon for satellite applications
Author(s): M. Meftah; S. Lee; A. Irbah; S. Ostergren
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Paper Abstract

Carbon/Carbon has many attributes that make it an attractive material for satellite applications. It is low in density, is dimensionally stable under a wide variety of conditions, has very low thermal expansion, is relatively low in cost, and is a mature technology. Moreover, the material is flexible enough to enable the designer to select such variables as fiber type, fabric architecture, fiber volume, and high temperature processing and thus custom tailor the physical and mechanical properties to his specific requirements. A wide range of properties are available - densities from 1.5 to 1.9 g/cm3, room temperature Coefficients of Thermal Expansion (CTE) from -0.3x10-6to -1.3x10-6/K, room temperature thermal conductivities from 7 to 210 W/m.K, and modulus from 60 to 190 GPa. A new type of structure developed by CNRS on the space instrument SODISM uses Carbon/Carbon.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 May 2011
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8044, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications IV, 80440Y (23 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.878952
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M. Meftah, INSU, LATMOS-IPSL, CNRS, Univ. Versailles St-Quentin (France)
S. Lee, HITCO Carbon Composites, Inc. (United States)
A. Irbah, INSU, LATMOS-IPSL, CNRS, Univ. Versailles St-Quentin (France)
S. Ostergren, HITCO Carbon Composites, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8044:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications IV
Khanh D. Pham; Henry Zmuda; Joseph Lee Cox; Greg J. Meyer, Editor(s)

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