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SiC/SiC Ceramic Matrix Composites Developed for High-Temperature Space Transportation ApplicationsResearchers at the NASA Glenn Research Center have been developing durable, high-temperature ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) with silicon carbide (SiC) matrices and SiC or carbon fibers for use in advanced reusable launch vehicle propulsion and airframe applications in the Next Generation Launch Technology (NGLT) Program. These CMCs weigh less and are more durable than competing metallic alloys, and they are tougher than silicon-based monolithic ceramics. Because of their high specific strength and durability at high temperatures, CMCs such as C/SiC (carbon- fiber-reinforced silicon carbide) and SiC/SiC (silicon-carbide-fiber-reinforced silicon carbide) may increase vehicle performance and safety significantly and reduce the cost of transporting payloads to orbit.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Glenn Research Center
Document Type
Kiser, J. Douglas
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Bhatt, Ramakrishna, T.
(Army Research Lab. United States)
Morscher, Gregory N.
Yun, Hee Mann
DiCarlo, James A.
Petko, Jeanne F.
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 2005
Publication Information
Publication: Research and Technology 2004
Subject Category
Composite Materials
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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