Replacing NARC Rayon: Cellulosic Precursor Carbon Fiber
Is there still a need for cellulosic precursor carbon fiber and where is this need?
The inquirer provided a method to domestically produce fibers similar to viscose rayon fibers used historically in military missiles and NASA solid rocket motors (SRMs) and asked DSIAC is need for such a manufacturing process exists in the defense community. DSIAC contacted subject matter experts (SMEs) from Tri-Austin, Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Energetics Research Group (ERG), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and various academic institutions. DSIAC staff performed open source and DTIC R&E Gateway searches on the subject of cellulosic carbon fibers. A cumulative response report of the SME responses and document search results was assembled and delivered to the inquirer.