Chapter 30. Light Weight, Highly Thermally Conductive Composites for Space Radiators

  1. John B. Wachtman Jr
  1. Jyh-Ming Ting,
  2. Jason R. Guth and
  3. Max L. Lake

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470314715.ch30

Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference on Composites, Advanced Ceramics, Materials, and Structures - A: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 16, Issue 4

Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference on Composites, Advanced Ceramics, Materials, and Structures - A: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 16, Issue 4

How to Cite

Ting, J.-M., Guth, J. R. and Lake, M. L. (1995) Light Weight, Highly Thermally Conductive Composites for Space Radiators, in Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference on Composites, Advanced Ceramics, Materials, and Structures - A: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 16, Issue 4 (ed J. B. Wachtman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470314715.ch30

Author Information

  1. Applied Sciences, Inc. Cedarville OH 45314

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1995

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470375372

Online ISBN: 9780470314715

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Keywords:

  • consequent;
  • conductivity;
  • reinforcement;
  • radiators;
  • microstructural

Summary

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.