New Strong Materials for Space Applications

‘New Strong Materials for Space Applications’ – a One-Day Symposium
Date : 7 July 2020
Venue : Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre, Manchester, UK

Graphene and other new materials will transform engineering in many fields, with news of innovations almost daily.  This symposium will focus on the highly promising field of graphene variants and other materials with a very high specific strength, perhaps an order of magnitude or more stronger than the strongest commercial materials today, with an emphasis on outer space.  Such new ultra-strong materials have the potential to transform space and terrestrial applications, with exciting possibilities for the short and long term.

The one-day meeting will consist of two sessions :

    1. New strong material concepts. What potential materials with high specific strength are under development?  When will they be available?  Are their properties suitable for the arduous space environment (for example, from cryogenic to incandescent temperatures)?  Could they be manufactured readily in space?
    2. Space applications of new strong materials. Short-term, how might new materials influence the design of launch vehicles and other spacecraft?  What other vehicle concepts might become feasible?  Longer term, how might new materials lead to the feasibility of large-scale space habitats, tether systems and space elevators?  What else might become possible?


Paper abstracts are invited in two categories

Material Concepts and Manufacturing Proposals for ultra-strong materials suitable for space
applications predicted to have a specific strength of at least 15 MPa/kg∙m-3 (1.5 x 107 N∙m/kg). Papers
are invited on new materials such as graphene, CNTs, diamond nanothreads, boron nitride or others.

Concepts for Space Applications for new ultra-strong materials, from the short-term to the long-term.
These concepts should include details of material property requirements and could cover potential
applications from launch vehicles and spacecraft, space habitats, tether systems and space elevators.

The symposium will be hosted by the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) in Manchester, UK, in association with the British Interplanetary Society, the International Space Elevator Consortium and Nixene Publishing.

GEIC is one of the leading world centres for graphene research : meeting attendees will be offered a tour of the facility.

Registration will open in April 2020.

Abstracts (single page) and queries should be sent to [email protected] before 7 April 2020.

Authors will be notified of paper acceptance and other details by 20 April 2020.

Follow @nm4sa2020 on Twitter for news and updates.

Be sociable; support the BIS!