Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects



Document Type



The development of a carbon-carbon sandwich composite with a cellulose derived core was developed and its properties investigated. This type of hybrid composite has never been made before. The goal was to combine the high temperature properties of carbon-carbon composites with the low weight of sandwich composites. In order to create a material with superior thermal properties and a high specific strength a carbon-carbon sandwich composite was developed utilizing a carbonized wood core. The composite was successfully constructed using an industrial grade carbon glue to hold two layers of carbon fiber weave on the top and bottom of the core. Composite samples were found to have a maximum breaking stress ranging from 300 to 1100 psi. It was determined that a carbon-carbon sandwich composite can be fabricated using a wooden core and that further investigation is warranted and should focus on improving the overall strength of the composite material.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Chris Byrne


Organic Chemistry