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Silicon Carbide Is Poised to Enter the Mainstream

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A chemical conversion process is enabling the production of lightweight, lower-cost, complex parts for optical systems.

Richard Gaughan, Contributing Editor

NASA systems designers are always looking to minimize mass on solar system exploration projects because every gram comes at a stiff price. When they found a lightweight material that could be used to manufacture the structure and mirror substrates in a single integrated system, they jumped at the chance. The material of choice? Silicon carbide. Silicon carbide (SiC) has not only a better strength-to-weight ratio than beryllium, but also the unusual combination of high thermal conductivity and low thermal expansion. This combination allows the fabrication of very thin, stiff mirrors that...Read full article

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