Light weight, highly thermally conductive composites for space radiators

Jyh Ming Ting, Jason R. Guth, Max L. Lake

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Future power generation and consequent waste heat in space platforms will require innovative thermal management techniques in order to avoid overheating critical components. Potential candidates are composite materials with light weight and high thermal conductivity. Using the highest thermal conductivity fiber, i.e. vapor-grown carbon fiber, as reinforcement, we have developed polymer matrix composites useful for space radiators. These composite materials were characterized for thermal conductivity, coefficient of thermal expansion, and tensile strength and modulus. Microstructural analysis was also performed using optical and scanning electron microscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-288
Number of pages10
JournalCeramic Engineering and Science Proceedings
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1995 Jul 1
EventProceedings of the 19th Annual Conference and Exhibition on Composites, Advanced Ceramics, Materials, and Structures-B. Part B - Cocoa Beach, FL, USA
Duration: 1995 Jan 81995 Jan 12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry


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