Applied Composite Materials

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 321–337 | Cite as

Thermal Characterization of Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Carbon Composites

  • J. D. MaciasEmail author
  • J. Bante-Guerra
  • F. Cervantes-Alvarez
  • G. Rodrìguez-Gattorno
  • O. Arés-Muzio
  • H. Romero-Paredes
  • C. A. Arancibia-Bulnes
  • V. Ramos-Sánchez
  • H. I. Villafán-Vidales
  • J. Ordonez-Miranda
  • R. Li Voti
  • J. J. Alvarado-Gil


Carbon fiber-reinforced carbon (C/C) composites consist in a carbon matrix holding carbon or graphite fibers together, whose physical properties are determined not only by those of their individual components, but also by the layer buildup and the material preparation and processing. The complex structure of C/C composites along with the fiber orientation provide an effective means for tailoring their mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties. In this work, we use the Laser Flash Technique to measure the thermal diffusivity and thermal conductivity of C/C composites made up of laminates of weaved bundles of carbon fibers, forming a regular and repeated orthogonal pattern, embedded in a graphite matrix. Our experimental data show that: i) the cross-plane thermal conductivity remains practically constant around (5.3 ± 0.4) W·m−1 K−1, within the temperature range from 370 K to 1700 K. ii) The thermal diffusivity and thermal conductivity along the cross-plane direction to the fibers axis is about five times smaller than the corresponding ones in the laminates plane. iii) The measured cross-plane thermal conductivity is well described by a theoretical model that considers both the conductive and radiative thermal contributions of the effective thermal conductivity.


C/C composite Anisotropic structures Solid thermal conductivity Radiative thermal conductivity Rosseland extinction coefficient Solar thermal technology 



Authors acknowledge the financial support received by the “Fondo Sectorial Conacyt-Secretaría de Energía-Sustentabilidad Energética and the “Centro Mexicano de Innovación en Energía Solar (CeMIESol)” Grant no. 207450 within the Strategic Project No. 10 “Combustibles Solares y Procesos Industriales (COSOL-pi)”, as well as to the Instituto de Energías Renovables of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Unidad Iztapalapa), Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua and to the Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politecnico Nacional (CINVESTAV), for their assistance with financial and strategic management. This work was also partially supported by Projects 192 “Fronteras de la ciencia” and 251882 “Investigación Científica Básica 2015”. Additionally, Juan Daniel Macias acknowledges the financial support received by the “Fondo Sectorial Conacyt-Secretaría de Energía-Sustentabilidad Energética” under the program: “Estancias Posdoctorales en Mexico”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. D. Macias
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. Bante-Guerra
    • 2
  • F. Cervantes-Alvarez
    • 2
  • G. Rodrìguez-Gattorno
    • 2
  • O. Arés-Muzio
    • 2
  • H. Romero-Paredes
    • 1
  • C. A. Arancibia-Bulnes
    • 3
  • V. Ramos-Sánchez
    • 4
  • H. I. Villafán-Vidales
    • 3
  • J. Ordonez-Miranda
    • 5
  • R. Li Voti
    • 6
  • J. J. Alvarado-Gil
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-IztapalapaMéxico D.FMexico
  2. 2.Departamento de Fisica AplicadaCINVESTAV-Unidad MeridaMéridaMexico
  3. 3.Instituto de Energías RenovablesUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoTemixcoMexico
  4. 4.Facultad de QuímicaUniversidad Autónoma de ChihuahuaChihuahuaMexico
  5. 5.Institut PprimeUniversite de Poitiers, ISAE-ENSMAChasseneuilFrance
  6. 6.Dipartimento di Scienze di Base ed Applicate per l’IngegneriaSapienza Universita di RomaRomeItaly

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