Synopses & Reviews
This book on carbon fiber research is designed to initiate graduate students into the field and for use by professionals already working in it. The coverage is comprehensive and emphasizes topics of particular interest to physicists and materials scientists. This book is written from the point of view of the basic science underlying the structure and properties of carbon fibers. Emphasis is given to those analytical techniques which have been successfully applied to bulk graphite and are now being applied to the study of carbon fibers. The book specifically considers the preparation, microstructure and defects, electronic structure, lattice, thermal, mechanical, magnetic, electrical and high temperature properties of carbon fibers, together with modifications induced by intercalation and ion implantation, and finishes with a brief discussion of applications. Over 500 references are included which are chosen as much as possible from the recent literature.
This book was begun after three of the present authors gave a series of in- vited talks on the subject of the structure and properties of carbon filaments. This was at a conference on the subject of optical obscuration, for which submicrometer diameter filaments with high length-to-diameter ratios have potential applications. The audience response to these talks illustrated the need of just one scientific community for a broader knowledge of the struc- ture and properties of these interesting materials. Following the conference it was decided to expand the material presented in the conference proceedings. The aim was to include in a single volume a description of the physical properties of carbon fibers and filaments. The research papers on this topic are spread widely in the literature and are found in a broad assortment of physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering and polymer science journals and conference proceedings (some of which are obscure). Accordingly, our goal was to produce a book on the subject which would enable students and other researchers working in the field to gain an overview of the subject up to about 1987.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introductory Material on Graphite Fibers and Filaments.- Synthesis of Graphite Fibers and Filaments.- Structure.- Lattice Properties.- Thermal Properties.- Mechanical Properties.- Electronic Structure.- Electronic and Magnetic Properties.- High Temperature Properties.- Intercalation of Graphite Fibers and Filaments.- Ion Implantation of Graphite Fibers and Filaments.- Applications of Graphite Fibers and Filaments.- References.- Subject Index.