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24 Composite Materials

Includes physical, chemical, and mechanical properties of laminates and other composite materials.


Composite Materials – Structural materials of metals, ceramics, or plastics with built-in strengthening agents which may be in the form of filaments, foils, powders, or flakes of a different compatible material. NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Dictionary of Technical Terms for Aerospace Use. Wm. H. Allen, ed., 1965. NASA SP-7.

NASA Interest

Exhaustive Interest : Physical and mechanical properties, production, handling, testing, and evaluation of composite materials for use in aircraft, rockets, launch vehicles, space vehicles, reentry vehicles, aircraft and spacecraft propulsion systems, and supporting facilities.

Selective Interest : Research and development on composite materials having potential aerospace applications.

Negative Interest : Routine developments of structural composite materials for use in housing, heavy industry, and earthbound transportation, unless a potential exists for aerospace use.


Input Subjects of Specific Interest

  • ablative materials (composite)
  • boron fiber materials
  • carbon fiber materials
  • ceramic matrix composites
  • composite materials
  • epoxy matrix composites
  • fatigue (composite materials)
  • fiber composites
  • fiber-matrix interfaces
  • filament materials
  • filament wound structures (composite materials)
  • filament-matrix materials
  • flammability (composite materials)
  • glass fiber reinforced plastics
  • honeycomb materials
  • insulation (composite materials)
  • laminates
  • mechanical properties (composite materials)
  • metal filament systems
  • metal matrix composites (MMC)
  • nanocomposites
  • offgassing/outgassing (composite materials)
  • polymer matrix composites
  • reinforcing fibers (composite materials)
  • shear strength (composite materials)
  • stacking sequence (composite materials)
  • surface properties (composite materials)
  • tensile strength (composite materials)
  • testing of materials (composite materials)
  • whisker composites
  • whiskers (composite materials)
  • woven composites