The project involves the development of high temperature and high strength 2-dimensional carbon reinforced graphite (CRG) structures and 3-dimensional CRG structures. The initial objective is to extend the current level of understanding of the relationship between process parameters and product characteristics to allow modification and optimisation of product performance. This knowledge will be used to develop high temperature oxidation resistant 2-dimensional CRG materials and simultaneously to develop 3-dimensional analogues of both CRG and the structure modified high temperature CRG. These 3-dimensional products will include both high strength, thin wall tubing and layered or sandwich structures comprising a low density former contained in a high strength 2-dimensional CRG skin.
Relationships between process parameters and mechanical properties have been established by developing methods of characterisation of both physical and mechanical properties for the examination of a wide range of CRG samples.
Materials with resistance to oxidation have been prepared and effects of structural modification on mechanical properties are being measured.
3-dimensional structures have been prepared in the form of tubes or honeycomb lightweight sheets using both woven and nonwoven materials.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
LE11 3TU Loughborough