New Composites Material for Space Applications

Student: Diane Liu - PhD student

Supervisor: Prof. Pascal Hubert

Sponsors: MEDA (Vasdasz Doctoral Fellowship in Engineering, William George & Norma de Belle Award in Engineering), MDA Corporation, CRIAQ, NSERC, Stelia Aerospace

Current composite materials and manufacturing methods for space applications, for making satellites, are expensive and time consuming. Hostile space operating conditions contribute to the stringent requirements for space materials, such as the necessity for: 1) Wide operating temperature range, from about -160°C to 185°C, and 2) Minimal out-gassing under vacuum. The objectives are to investigate and compare commercially available: 1) Fibre-resin composite systems (primary objective), 2) Out-of-autoclave manufacturing techniques, and 3) Adhesives/ joining methods. The most suitable fibre-resin systems and joining method will be chosen. To reduce manufacturing time and cost, material and/or manufacturing modifications will be proposed, while retaining or improving current mechanical properties.

·     D.S.-C. Liu and K. Jenab. (2013). A Numerical Simulation Approach for Reliability Evaluation of CFRP Composite. International Journal for Computational Methods in Engineering Science and Mechanics. 14(2): 133-140.
·        Jenab, K., Kazeminia, A., & Liu, D. S.-C. (2010). A computational intelligence approach to estimate the Weibull parameters. International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering. 6 (1): 62-78.
·        Jenab, K., & Liu, D. (2010). A graph-based model for manufacturing complexity. International Journal of Production Research. 48 (11): 3383-3392.