Chapter 3. NASA Advanced Ceramics Program Overview

  1. John B. Wachtman Jr.
  1. Brian F. Quigley

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470313008.ch3

A Collection of Papers Presented at the 14th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials, Part 1 of 2: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 11, Issue 7/8

A Collection of Papers Presented at the 14th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials, Part 1 of 2: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 11, Issue 7/8

How to Cite

Quigley, B. F. (1990) NASA Advanced Ceramics Program Overview, in A Collection of Papers Presented at the 14th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials, Part 1 of 2: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 11, Issue 7/8 (ed J. B. Wachtman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470313008.ch3

Author Information

  1. NASA Headquarters Washington, DC 20546

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1990

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470374924

Online ISBN: 9780470313008

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Summary

The Advanced Ceramics Program sponsored by NASA was reviewed. Ceramics and CMCs are studied at the NASA Ames and Lewis Research Centers. The emphasis of the work at Ames is on thermal protection systems, especially for space applications. Rigid thermal protection systems are mainly fibrous insulation with very low densities, although higher density CMCs are under development. Flexible sytems consist of layers of SiC fabric filled with alumina batting, stitched with SiC or aluminoborosilicate thread. Research at Lewis concentrates on material for power and propulsion applications. The scope of HITEMP (HighTemperature Enige Materials Program) was discussed with particular emphasis on processing and fiber technology.