As part of its accelerator R&D programme, CERN has developed a family of novel, graphite-based composite materials to perform reliably in extreme thermo-structural conditions. The most outstanding results have been with Molybdenum Carbide-Graphite composites (MoGr)—developed in collaboration with Brevetti Bizz (IT)—that exhibit thermal conductivities up to 900 W m−1K−1 , very low coefficients of thermal expansion, and a density lower than aluminium.
These properties make the materials suitable for applications where efficient thermal management and/or high temperature operability are of significant importance. The composition may also be modified to have properties required for specific applications.
- Development and properties of high thermal conductivity molybdenum carbide – graphite composites. Carbon Journal, volume 135 (2018) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2018.04.010