Systems Engineering Analysis for Optimum Selection Protocol for Thermal Expansion Measurement of a Carbon Fiber Reinforced Composite Tube

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Uchimiya, Ronald
coefficient of thermal expansion; expansion; strain gage; CTE; Carbon Fiber Composite; Engineering; Systems Engineering
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A material’s Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE) is a valuable physical property, particularly for structural fiber reinforced composites that are routinely used in satellite/aerospace applications. Satellite space structures are routinely designed with a high degree of dimensional and thermal stability. Designing and verifying for near zero CTE performance is a common design requirement. The CTE is routinely a physical property with known values for common materials. However, the strength, stiffness and CTE properties on a multi-ply graphite fiber reinforced laminate composite can be tailored to specific engineering requirements. Because of this, a method of verification (testing) is routinely performed to ensure these requirements are met.