SGL Group: Ceramic Component on Its Way to Jupiter
• Optical bench made for NASA’s Juno mission at the Hannover Fair
• Exhibited in Hall 2 on the joint booth with MST Aerospace (Booth D 56)
Meitingen/Hannover, April 26, 2012. At the Hannover Fair from April 23 – 27, 2012, SGL Group - The Carbon Company - is exhibiting a component made from the ceramic composite, SIGRASIC®, which is being used in NASA’s Juno mission. Mounted on a boom outside the spacecraft is this so-called optical bench which holds the magnetometer that will measure the magnetic field of the planet Jupiter.
For this mission, a nonmagnetic material was required that was lightweight and extremely strong at the same time to withstand the high thermal and mechanical stresses during the launch and the space flight itself, which will take over four years.
As a carbon fiber-reinforced silicon carbide (C/SiC), SIGRASIC has the optimum material properties. The combination of carbon fibers with a ceramic matrix gives the material high wear and fracture resistance plus the necessary stability to temperature extremes and thermal shock, while also offering the key advantage of light weight.
SGL Group is a pioneer in this material class. A well-known application for C/SiC is the carbon-ceramic brake disk, which was fitted as standard for the first time on the Porsche GT2 and is now being used on other luxury and sports cars. On the basis of this expertise, the global Technology & Innovation (T&I) research team is working intensively in collaboration with partners to develop new applications and open up new markets.
In addition to the optical bench, which was produced together with SGL’s subsidiary, HITCO Carbon Compsites, Electrotech Machining (Long Beach, CA), and TQ Abra-sives (Santa Ana, CA), T&I is also exhibiting another result of successful collaboration in the form of serial applications for clutch systems in the motor sport sector. The system partner here is ZF Sachs Race Engineering.
Projects currently in progress are exploiting other properties of SIGRASIC that were utilized in the optical bench, such as its minimal thermal expansion and suitability for shaping into complex geometric designs.
SIGRASIC ® is a registered trademark of the SGL Group companies
About SGL Group – The Carbon Company
SGL Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of carbon-based products and materials. It has a comprehensive portfolio ranging from carbon and graphite products to carbon fibers and composites. SGL Group’s core competencies are its expertise in high-temperature technology as well as its applications and engineering know-how gained over many years. These competencies enable the Company to make full use of its broad material base. SGL Group’s carbon-based materials combine several unique properties such as very good electrical and thermal conductivity, heat and corrosion resistance as well as high mechanical strength combined with low weight. Due to industrialization in the growth regions of Asia and Latin America and increased substitution of traditional with innovative materials, there is a growing demand for SGL Group’s high-performance materials and products. Products from SGL Group are used predominantly in the steel, aluminum, automotive and chemical industries as well as in the semi-conductor, solar and LED sectors and in lithium-ion batteries. Carbon-based materials and products are also being used increasingly in the wind power, aerospace and defense industries.
With 46 production sites in Europe, North America and Asia as well as a service network covering more than 100 countries, SGL Group is a company with a global presence. In 2011, the Company’s workforce of around 6,500 employees generated sales of €1,540 million. The Company’s head office is located in Wiesbaden.
Further information on the SGL Group can be found online at: www.sglgroup.com.
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