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Graphene in the Sky and BeyondWith the premium placed on strong, lightweight structures, carbon materials have a long history of use in aerospace applications. Graphitized carbon and carbon/carbon composites are used in thermal protection systems and heat shields, carbon fiber composites in aircraft, and more recently, carbon nanotubes have been used on spacecraft. As the newest member of this family of materials, graphene also has a number of interesting properties that intersect with unique aerospace requirements. Despite its many attractive properties, graphene-based structures and systems, like any other material used in aerospace, must clear a number of hurdles before it will be accepted for use in flight structures. Carbon fiber, for example, underwent a development period of several decades between initial discovery and large-scale application in commercial aircraft.
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Acquisition Source
Langley Research Center
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Siochi, Emilie J.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
July 28, 2015
Publication Date
October 6, 2014
Publication Information
Publication: Nature Nanotechnology
Volume: 9
Subject Category
Chemistry And Materials (General)
Report/Patent Number
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 713030.01.07.02
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