Carbon-carbon composites, which have been used extensively for missile
applications, were a part of NASA's Apollo spacecraft heat shield system. The
development of carbon-carbon materials began in 1958 and was nurtured under
the U.S. Air Force space plane program, Dyna-Soar, and by numerous thermal
protection systems developed by NASA for aerospace research.
The purpose of this book is to present data and technology relating to the
materials and structures developed for the production of carbon-carbon materials
and composites. The text is composed of papers written by noted authors in their
areas of expertise relating to the processes and production of these material
systems and structures. The subject matter is arranged to lead the reader step by
step through the materials processing, fabrication, structural analysis, and
applications of typical carbon-carbon products. The information presented in the
text is limited to data that can or has been published in the open literature
including: fiber technology, matrix material, design of composite structures,
manufacturing techniques, engineering mechanics, protective coatings, and
structural applications using carbon-carbon materials and structures.
The editors thank the authors for their contributions of time and effort in the
development of this book.
The use of trademarks or names of manufacturers in this book is for accurate
reporting and does not constitute an official endorsement, either expressed or
implied, of such products or manufacturers by the National Aeronautics and