Degree Name

Master of Science

Department or Program

Mechanical Engineering


Jarlen, Don




Carbon-Carbon (C-C) composites, are materials that offer designers a significant importance over conventional materials for advanced applications. The Carbon-Carbon (C-C) composites were originally developed to be used in aerospace and defense applications, because of their unique properties. Currently, they are employed in many applications. They exhibit light weight, high thermal efficiency, and excellent mechanical properties at higher temperatures, making them the right candidate materials for aircraft and racing car brakes and re-entry nose tips. Moreover, they demonstrate significant durability for friction and wear properties. Compared to advanced ceramics, Carbon-Carbon (C-C) composites have improved thermal and mechanical properties along with high friction coefficient and low wear [1-2]. Due to its remarkable properties, carbon-carbon composites display high dimensional stability at elevated temperatures greater than 3000°C without major deformation, while other materials such as a wide range of metals experience drastic deterioration. The properties of Carbon-Carbon (C-C) composites are very much dependent on the manufacturing methods used for production. Although the general production technology is known, the combination of processes to achieve specifically tailored properties remains the expertise of particular manufacturers. This study represent a review of some major developments in Carbon-Carbon (C-C) composites including properties, major applications, and future potential [3]. Improving structural components and elements by various techniques such as matrix reinforcements along with decreasing of manufacturing costs make this family of materials more and more attractive to a variety of engineering applications, especially high performance applications.