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Carbon/Carbon for satellite applications

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Mustapha Meftah
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Abdanour Irbah


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 -0.3x10-6 to -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.
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hal-00626186 , version 1 (23-09-2011)



Mustapha Meftah, S. Yip Lee, Abdanour Irbah, S. Ostergren. Carbon/Carbon for satellite applications. Sensors and Systems for Space Applications IV. Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 8044, Apr 2011, Orlando, United States. pp.80440Y, ⟨10.1117/12.878952⟩. ⟨hal-00626186⟩
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