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Carbon Structure Hazard ControlCarbon composite structures are widely used in virtually all advanced technology industries for a multitude of applications. The high strength-to-weight ratio and resistance to aggressive service environments make them highly desirable. Automotive, aerospace, and petroleum industries extensively use, and will continue to use, this enabling technology. As a result of this broad range of use, field and test personnel are increasingly exposed to hazards associated with these structures. No single published document exists to address the hazards and make recommendations for the hazard controls required for the different exposure possibilities from damaged structures including airborne fibers, fly, and dust. The potential for personnel exposure varies depending on the application or manipulation of the structure. The effect of exposure to carbon hazards is not limited to personnel, protection of electronics and mechanical equipment must be considered as well. The various exposure opportunities defined in this document include pre-manufacturing fly and dust, the cured structure, manufacturing/machining, post-event cleanup, and post-event test and/or evaluation. Hazard control is defined as it is applicable or applied for the specific exposure opportunity. The carbon exposure hazard includes fly, dust, fiber (cured/uncured), and matrix vapor/thermal decomposition products. By using the recommendations in this document, a high level of confidence can be assured for the protection of personnel and equipment.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Johnson Space Center
Document Type
Yoder, Tommy
(NASA White Sands Test Facility NM, United States)
Greene, Ben
(Jacobs Technology, Inc. Las Cruces, NM, United States)
Porter, Alan
(NASA White Sands Test Facility NM, United States)
Date Acquired
July 1, 2015
Publication Date
April 30, 2015
Subject Category
Composite Materials
Man/System Technology And Life Support
Report/Patent Number
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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