Nanocomposite materials for space structures

Nano-composite materials offer potential for high-strength, lightweight space structures, which could lead to substantial cost savings with regard to space transportation. To be considered here are nanostructured ceramics and fiber composites, nanostructured MMC as well as nanoparticle reinforced polymers. Concerning the development of such materials significant progresses were obtained in the last years also in Germany. To be mentioned here are among others high-strength transparent corundum ceramics or SWCNT reinforced polymers with clearly improved mechanical characteristics. In the range of nanostructured ceramic fiber composites for high temperature rocket engines in space a joint project is conducted in Germany under the leadership of the company Astrium and funding of the Bavarian research foundation.

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