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Polymers 2018, 10(2), 152; doi:10.3390/polym10020152

Effect of Load on the Thermal Expansion Behavior of T700 Carbon Fiber Bundles

School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
CAST-Xi’an Institute of Space Radio Technology, Xi’an 710100, China
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Received: 21 December 2017 / Revised: 26 January 2018 / Accepted: 30 January 2018 / Published: 6 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Textile and Textile-Based Materials)
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T700 carbon fiber bundles (CFBs) are the primary material used for manufacturing cable-net in a deployable antenna. In this paper, the relationships between the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of T700 CFBs and the experimental load were investigated. The microstructure of T700 CFBs was analyzed with Raman spectra and XRD before and after the thermomechanical test. The measured results indicated that the T700 CFBs that were parallel to the axis had negative expansion characteristics when in a temperature range of −150–+150 °C. The thermal strain that occurred during the heating and the cooling thermal cycles had an unclosed curve that served as the loop. When the thermal cycles were the same, the position of the strain loop and the length of the sample exhibited regular change. The average of the CTEs decreased as the experimental load increased. The microstructural analysis suggested that the degree of structural order and the degree of orientation along the fiber axis improved with the experimental load increase. The change of microstructure parameters could be the primary cause of the negative CTE’s variation within the T700 CFBs. The experimental results provide some guidelines for improving the cable-net material selection. View Full-Text
Keywords: T700 carbon fiber bundles; thermal cycles; coefficient of thermal expansion; microstructural analysis T700 carbon fiber bundles; thermal cycles; coefficient of thermal expansion; microstructural analysis

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Geng, G.; Ma, X.; Geng, H.; Wu, Y. Effect of Load on the Thermal Expansion Behavior of T700 Carbon Fiber Bundles. Polymers 2018, 10, 152.

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