Voids are unoccupied “empty” spaces filled with gas instead of solid material. As defects, they can cause unpredictable behavior – even catastrophic failure – in the composite.
Metal dusting is a type of corrosion that occurs at high temperatures (300-850 °C) most commonly when iron, nickel, or cobalt is exposed to an environment with high carbon activities.
Materials used in space must stand up to one of the most severe environments known to man. For that reason, materials in space applications must be extremely corrosion resistant.
Tribocorrosion is the breakdown of a material due to both corrosion and wear, but can be either positive or negative depending on its application. Although its beneficial applications are limited, future research will likely uncover potential applications even more beneficial than those currently in use.
High Strain Composite (HSC) Structures are a type of composite material that are specifically designed to perform well in a setting in which they will experience a high deformation, or strain.
Chemical vapor infiltration (CVI) is a fiber-reinforced composite manufacturing process in which the matrix is introduced into the fibrous preform through the use of high-temperature reactive gases.