Composite Technology Development and the Applications That Can Benefit -

Composite Technology Development and the Applications That Can Benefit

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Composite technology development involves the process of combining various physical sciences and creating solutions by way of computer aided manufacturing (CAM). These include the fabrication of plastics, metal, composites, and other materials using traditional as well as new techniques. One of the most common methods used is to develop a new material that has characteristics of both the input material and the output material with which it is combined. This allows for rapid advancement of existing products and the creation of entirely new items.

The composite material boom began at approximately the same time that the first superconducting magnets appeared on the market. These first superconducting magnets are known as magnetron collectors. Because these magnets have high frequency levels, they can be used to fabricate and build many different types of high temperature superconductors. As these high temperature superconductors became more affordable and readily available to manufacturers, the boom of composite technology development began to grow. This growth has been very steady and there is no sign that this will peak or contract any time in the near future.

Tools For Composite Technology Development

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Two of the most common composite technology development tools are polyester and phenolic compounds. Polyester is often used as a base material in components such as polyurethane foam and hard plastic bottles. Often these polyester fibers are woven together in a wide variety of ways to form a composite material such as Nylon, PVD, carbon fiber, thermo foil, and thermoplastic. Typically, the thickness of any given composite material item is based upon the amount of pressure that is applied to it. Some of the best composite materials in use today are those that are manufactured using phenolic compounds such as cyanate ester and nitride.

The application of these two composite materials is particularly useful because the properties of these substances allow them to be incredibly tough. They can withstand extreme temperatures, which makes them ideal for application to a variety of different applications. Additionally, many engineers graduate and pursue careers in the electronics and polymer industries because of their strength and toughness. In fact, some engineers have even developed new applications for the electrical insulation of composite materials. There are some projects and components in the marketplace that are made from these two revolutionary composites.

Know About The Different Applications

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One application in particular is a high temperature ceramic material that has been developed by NASA. Engineers have been working for several years on developing a strong but lightweight composite material for use in creating high temperature superconductors. The high temperature ceramic material has shown great potential as an electrical insulation for space vehicles. When heated to over 500 degrees Fahrenheit, the material created a kind of “magnetic bond” with stainless steel pipes that is capable of controlling the flow of heat within a launch vehicle.

Another application is in the area of pressure vessels. Engineers have developed a composite superconductor that is capable of rapidly forming and shrinking to create a tight seal as a pressure vessel. It also has the ability to reduce the amount of friction within a pressure vessel, which allows for a quieter operation as well.

Scientists have also been working for some time on developing a superconducting magnetic material. This material would be very similar to the polymers used in the design of most composite materials, except it would feature a higher level of tensile strength. The idea is that the material could be injected into cavities inside an engine. During manufacturing, the resin systems would self-form to create a super metallic part. The most common application for these super metallic parts is in the aerospace arena, where they are used as electrical insulation. The increased strength provided by the metallic component is combined with the ability to create a cryogenic interior, which allows engineers to create a vacuum field within an aircraft.

Bottom Line

Advances in high energy physics have also helped to develop composite materials like those that are used for cryogenic insulation as well. Scientists have been working for several years to create a material that is highly conductive of heat. During recent testing, this new material has proven to be extremely effective in providing a nearly complete shield against high temperatures, as well as cryogenic pressures. These tests showed that the material was able to maintain its structural integrity under pressure while simultaneously providing a large amount of protection against high temperatures. While this may not be immediately useful to a company looking to protect their space shuttle or another commercial aerospace vehicle, it is likely that the use of such a system in the future will help to lower the overall cost of airplane building.

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