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Experimental investigation of the thermal properties of tailored expansion lattices

  • Author(s): Steeves, Craig A.;
  • Mercer, Chris;
  • Antinucci, Emilio;
  • He, Ming Y.;
  • Evans, Anthony G.
  • et al.

Composite bimaterial lattice structures which possess both low, tailorable thermal expansion and nearly optimal stiffness have been proposed for applications which require high structural stiffness in environments which include large temperature fluctuations, such as the surfaces of high-speed aerospace vehicles. An experimental validation of the thermal properties of these lattices when they are constructed of practical materials with easily manufactured bonded joints is contained herein. Bonded lattices, comprising aluminum and titanium alloys, have been manufactured with press-fit dovetail joints and tested in a variety of thermal environments. Results for equilibrium heating, rapid transient heating and thermal cycling leading to shakedown are presented and shown to be consistent with theoretically and numerically attained results.

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