October 2014

High Temperature Materials for Harsh Environments from Aerospace Thermal Protection Systems to Advanced Industrial and Energy Applications (WPI Only)
Wednesday, 10/8/2014 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Washburn Shops & Stoddard Laboratories, WB 229 - Free
Presentation by: Dr. Jorge Barcena, Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Industry and Transport Division

Applications on extreme conditions demand the use of high temperature materials, where the performance of other class of material is not enough to withstand the high requirements and constraints. The most driving application for such materials comes from the Aerospace sector, where a vehicle or capsule that enter into a planetary atmosphere (e.g. the Earth) require the use of a thermal protection system (TPS) to shield them from aerodynamic heating. Otherwise the substructure or payloads of the vehicles would be damaged during the return from outer space or during cruise at hypersonic speed. This lecture gives an overview of the past and novel state-of-the-art materials for these extreme conditions (advanced alloys, ceramic matrix composites, ultrahigh temperature ceramics) and their envisaged aerospace applications (vehicles, mission, projects, roadmaps). Current and future uses on non-space applications will be depicted such as on automotive, nuclear and solar energy.
Sponsored by: Materials Science & Engineering
For more information, e-mail mtereq@wpi.edu or call 508-831-5633.

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