J. Phys. IV France
Volume 120, December 2004
Page(s) 291 - 297

J. Phys. IV France 120 (2004) 291-297

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2004120033

Thermal modelling of a carbon/carbon composite material fabrication process

J.-F. Lines1, 2, G.L. Vignoles2, J.-M. Goyheneche2, 3 and J.-R. Puiggali1

1  Laboratoire Énergétique et Phénomènes de Transfert, UMR 8508, Esplanade des Arts et Métiers, 33405 Talence Cedex, France
2  Laboratoire des Composites ThermoStructuraux, UMR 5801, 3 allée La Boëtie, Domaine Universitaire, 33600 Pessac, France
3  CEA Le Ripault, France

The rapid densification process is a variant of Chemical Vapour Infiltration. It allows to fabricate composite materials starting from a fibrous preform lying in a boiling hydrocarbon precursor, the cracking of which results in a solid deposit constituting the matrix of the carbon/carbon composite. A phenomenological analysis emphasises the significant role played by temperature in the couplings between various physical and chemical phenomena. It is shown here that the control of the thermal couplings makes it possible to decrease the power consumed while guaranteeing the quality of the final material.

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