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Carbon Foam


from 7/8/2013

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“The present invention relates to reinforced resin-derived carbon foams useful for high temperature and/or high strength applications, such as composite tooling; electrodes; thermal insulation; core material used in sandwich structures; impact and sound absorption; and high-temperature furnace insulation and construction. More particularly, the present invention relates to carbon fiber reinforced carbon foams exhibiting superior graphitic strength, weight and density characteristics. The invention also includes methods for the production of such carbon foams.

Carbon foams have attracted considerable recent activity because of their properties of low density, coupled with either very high or low thermal conductivity. Conventionally, carbon foams are prepared via two general routes. Highly graphitizable foams have been produced by thermal treatment of mesophase pitches under high pressure. These foams tend to have high thermal and electrical conductivities. For example, in Klett, U.S. Pat. No. 6,033,506, mesophase pitch is heated while subjected to a pressure of 1000 psi to produce an open-cell foam containing interconnected cells with a size range of 90-200 microns. According to Klett, after heat treatment to C., the solid portion of the foam develops into a highly crystalline graphitic structure with an interlayer spacing of 0.366 nm. The foam is asserted to have compressive strengths greater than previous foams (3.4 MPa or 500 psi for a density of 0.53 g/cm3).”

(Carbon Foam, US Patent 8,440,302, 5/14/2013)


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