High Strength Carbon Foam

Period of Performance: 08/01/1997 - 01/31/1998


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Applied Sciences, Inc.
141 W. Xenia Ave. Array
Cedarville, OH 45314
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

West Virginia University
Manager Sponsored Programs WVU Office of Sponsored Progra
Morgantown, WV 26506
Institution POC


New technologies for production of structural carbons offers promise to create a new generation of structural materials with useful mechanical properties, yet with production costs which will eliminate the barrier to wider use in transportation and communications. These new technologies include the derivation of low-cost carbon precursors from coal, and the use of such precursors in the production of lightweight structural carbon foams. The objective for this proposal is to show that high strength structural carbon foams can be produced by combining the West Virginia University method for producing carbon foam with the Applied Sciences carbon fiber technology, to act as a high strength reinforcement. Benefits which could accrue are increased performance and payload, and lower operating costs of aerospace and terrestrial vehicles, durable bridges, the reduced use of fuel in transportation (currently 67% of U.S. oil consumption), and consequent improvement in air quality. Potential applications include aerospace structures, terrestrial structural applications as well, impact resistance materials, armor shock absorption, and filters for removal of metal ions from liquid waste.