Ceramics manufacturer Kyocera plans to showcase its materials for aerospace and astronomy at the Space Tech Expo 2019, at the Space Tech Expo 2019, taking place in Bremen, Germany, from 19-21 November.
This reportedly includes its cordierite, silicon-infiltrated silicon carbide, zirconia and alumina materials.
Cordierite is an extremely low thermal expansion ceramic, which is suitable for light-weight designs of mirrors and telescopes, as well as for structural parts which hold the mirrors in place, while Kyocera’s silicon-infiltrated silicon carbide (SiSiC) and its manufacturing and joining technologies allow the monolithic production of intricate, fine-detailed and complex components in a large-scaled format up to 1 m x 1 m x 650 mm, the company says. This material has high thermal conductivity, strength, and hardness, making it suitable for manufacturing complex components such as shaped mirrors, optical assemblies, frames, fixtures, temperature control and structural components.
According to the company, the high electrical insulation and thermal strength of alumina (F99,7) allows its use in components of ion thrusters. Kyocera also reportedly supports the metallization of ceramics, along with in-house 5 axis CNC machining which can be used for manufacturing components with high complexity such as camera housing.
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