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Carbon composites in space vehicle structuresRecent developments in the technology of carbon or graphite filaments now provide the designer with greatly improved materials offering high specific strength and modulus. Besides these advantages are properties which are distinctly useful for space applications and which provide feasibility for missions not obtainable by other means. Current applications include major and secondary structures of communications satellites. A number of R & D projects are exploring carbon-fiber application to rocket engine motor cases, advanced antenna systems, and space shuttle components. Future system studies are being made, based on the successful application of carbon fibers for orbiting space telescope assemblies, orbital transfer vehicles, and very large deployable energy generation systems. Continued technology development is needed in analysis, material standards, and advanced structural concepts to exploit the full potential of carbon filaments in composite materials.
Document ID
19740057166
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Mayer, N. J. (NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
February 1, 1974
Subject Category
MATERIALS, NONMETALLIC
Meeting Information
International Conference on Carbon Fibres, their Place in Modern Technology(London)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other