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Lightweight hybrid materials with a significantly-reduced coefficient of thermal expansion, low density, and high durability in the aggressive environment such as low-earth orbit are disclosed. The high-performance polymer materials can include epoxy, cyano ester, bismalmeide, polyimide, vinyl ester, polyamide, polyacrylate, and others; with their applications as a matrix in the carbon-fiber-reinforced or glass fiber-reinforced composite. The fillers for the hybrid include one or two or all, of the following components: the layered-silicate, negative-CTE powder, and low-density material.
- Hybrid material with low density and a low coefficient of thermal expansion
- Businesses can commercialize the technology by licensing U.S. Patent 8,703,842 from the Air Force