Advantages of Lamitex® Phenolic Materials in Ablative Applications
Phenolic materials are widely used in ablative applications due to their unique properties that make them well-suited for high-temperature and high-stress environments. Ablative materials are used to protect components from the effects of high-temperature and high-pressure environments, such as those experienced during rocket launches and atmospheric re-entry.
Some advantages of using phenolic materials in ablative applications are:
High-Temperature Stability: Phenolic materials are highly resistant to heat, and the resin will actually harden before it burns. This makes them ideal for use in applications where high temperatures are expected, such as in rocket nozzles. That being said, we supply a few different phenolic based materials that will provide extended burns for longer flights. For our data sheets on these materials please click HERE.
Low Thermal Conductivity: Phenolic materials have low thermal conductivity, which means they do not transfer heat easily. This property allows them to act as an effective insulator, protecting components from the effects of high temperatures and thermal shock. To view the thermal conductivity of our Lamitex materials click HERE.
Low Smoke and Toxicity: Lamitex Phenolic materials produce minimal smoke and toxic fumes when exposed to high temperatures, which makes them safer to use in applications where personnel may be present.
Proven in the Field: Below you’ll find a video of the recent MESOS launch, which utilized Lamitex phenolic based materials to accomplish a successful launch 56 miles (90 km) into Earth’s atmosphere. Be sure to like and subscribe to the YouTube channel associated with this video. Rocket scientist Kip Daugirdas has some excellent content on rocketry.