Сhoice of materials for producing dimensionally stable load-carrying structures


The article deals with the problems of choosing materials for producing dimensionally stable load-carrying structures of space optical electronic complexes. Physical and mechanical properties of successfully applied and promising composite materials obtained by theoretical and experimental research are presented. A comparative analysis of properties of carbon-filled plastics is given according to the percentage of filler content in a composite matrix and the elastic modulus of carbon fiber. Experimental data related to the properties of carbon-filled plastics based on various fibers are presented. The dependence of the temperature coefficient of linear expansion (TCLE) of various carbon-filled plastics with unidirectional and quasi-isotropic structures is studied theoretically and experimentally. The stability of TCLE is shown to be approximately equal to 1·10-6 ˚C-1 in the area with 50-60% volume filler content. The TCLEs and elastic moduli of carbon-filled plastics and optical glasses of telescope elements are compared. The task of developing a composite material with a TCLE value characteristic of titanium alloys is discussed. Recommendations for applying the analyzed composite materials in the development of dimensionally stable space structures are given.

About the authors

V. E. Bitkin

LLC Special Development and Technology Bureau Plastik

Author for correspondence.
Email: gksi@sktb-plastik.ru

First Deputy General Director, General Designer for Measuring Systems

Russian Federation

O. G. Zhidkova

LLC Special Development and Technology Bureau Plastik

Email: opriokr-prg@sktb-plastik.ru

Deputy General Designer for Scientific Research

Russian Federation

V. A. Komarov

Samara National Research University

Email: vkomarov@ssau.ru

Doctor of Science (Engineering), Professor

Russian Federation


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