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Method for rapid fabrication of fiber preforms and structural composite materials

United States Patent

February 16, 1999
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A densified carbon matrix carbon fiber composite preform is made by vacuum molding an aqueous slurry of carbon fibers and carbonizable organic powder to form a molded part. The molded part is dried in an oven at C. for 14 hours and hot pressed at 2000 psi at C. for 3 hours. The hot pressed part is carbonized at C. under nitrogen for 3 hours and graphite at C. to form a graphitic structure in the matrix of the densified carbon matrix carbon fiber composite preform. The densified preform has a density greater than 1.1 g/cc.
Klett; James W. (Knoxville, TN), Burchell; Timothy D. (Oak Ridge, TN), Bailey; Jeffrey L. (Clinton, TN)
Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc. (Oak Ridge, TN)
08/ 774,748
December 30, 1996
This invention was made with Government support under contract DE-AC05-84OR21400 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc. and the Government has certain rights in this Invention.