Accession Number : ADA256826
Title : Carborane-Catalyzed Graphitization in Polyarylacetylene-Derived Carbon- Carbon Composites
Descriptive Note : Technical rept.
Corporate Author : AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CA MECHANICS AND MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY CENTER
Personal Author(s) : Zaldivar, Rafael J ; Kobayashi, Ross W ; Rellick, Gerald S ; Yang, J -M
Report Date : 15 Sep 1992
Pagination or Media Count : 37
Abstract : Boron in the form of a carborane compound, C2B10H12, was used to catalytically graphitize a polyarylacetylene (PAA) resin, typically a nongraphitizing carbon, in bulk form and in a carbon-carbon (C/C) composite. In bulk form, significant graphitization was observed after heat treatment to 1800 deg C; complete graphitization was realized at 2400 deg C. Similar results were found for a PAA derived carbon matrix in a unidirectional C/C composite. The effect of carborane addition on the mechanical properties of C/C unidirectional composites of PAA and T-50 carbon fibers was also examined. After heat treatment to 1100 deg C, the tensile strength of unidirectional fiber tows increased significantly with increasing concentration of carborane. The increase in tensile strength was accompanied by increased fiber pullout, suggesting that interface weakening decreases the tendency for matrix-dominated brittle fracture. After heat treatment to 1800 deg C and above, the carborane decreased the strength of the composites but substantially increased the modulus. Catalytic graphitization of PAA offers a major potential advantage of obtaining graphitic matrices in C/C without the disadvantages of conventional pitch processing. In addition, the much lower temperatures required for catalytic graphitization would enable processing temperatures for C/C to be reduced significantly. Carbon-carbon composites, Graphitization, Catalysis, Processing.
Descriptors : *CARBON CARBON COMPOSITES , *CATALYSIS , *CARBORANES , *BORON , TEMPERATURE , FIBERS , MECHANICAL PROPERTIES , TENSILE STRENGTH , ADDITION , PLASTICS , HEAT , INTERFACES , PROCESSING , CARBON FIBERS , CARBON , HEAT TREATMENT
Subject Categories : Physical Chemistry
Laminates and Composite Materials
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE