There has not been a single best material for all of these applications than CFOAM® Carbon Foam
Many CFOAM® carbon foam joiner panels have been designed and built at Touchstone Research Laboratory.Currently, there are many sources of core materials that are used in applications like aircraft and ship interior panels and non-structural bulkheads, structural insulation or sound absorption panels, and radar or electromagnetic shielding/absorption panels for ship topside structures.
While there are many materials that may offer one or two particular properties that exceed any other material for these applications, until recently there has not been a single best material for all of these applications.
For example, polymer foams, honeycombs (polymer, paper, or metal), or balsa wood exhibit excellent specific strength (high ratio of strength to density). However, if the application is to be fire or chemically resistant, then only metal honeycombs might be selected.
CFOAM carbon foams have shown promise in replacing existing core materials where stringent fire, smoke and toxicity (FST) regulations are not met with other materials. Additionally, defense related applications that combine excellent fire properties with those of low weight and radar/electromagnetic shielding and absorption in one low cost material system have gained increased attention in recent years.
Touchstone is looking for companies interested in commercializing this technology on a large scale. For more information, please call or send us an email.
CFOAM® is a registered trademark of Carbon Innovations, LLC.
CFOAM® products may be covered under the following patents with more patents pending:
6,656,238 – 6,656,239 – 6,689,470 – 6,749,652 – 6,814,765 – 6,833,011 – 6,833,012 –
6,849,098 – 6,860,910 – 6,861,151 – 6,869,455 – 6,899,970 – 7,192,537 – 7,247,368