On September 9, 2019 Dr. Edgar Lara-Curzio, Distinguished scientist and leader of the mechanical properties and mechanics group at ORNL, will be the Technical Society speaker. His presentation title will be “Alternative uses of coal in carbon fiber production”.
Carbon fibers have several advantages over other fibers including high stiffness, high tensile strength, low weight, high chemical resistance, high temperature tolerance and low thermal expansion. These properties have made carbon fiber very popular in aerospace, civil engineering, military, and motorsports, along with other competition sports. However, they are relatively expensive when compared with similar fibers, such as glass fibers or plastic fibers and making them from inexpensive raw materials would be very beneficial.
Dr. Lara-Curzio leads and manages the scientific and technical operations of a group of 20+ researchers focused on the development and characterization of functional and structural materials for applications in energy and national security.
And looking at his resume it is obvious that he has been involved in many unique manufacturing evaluations.
future Technical Society programs:
October 7: Tom Leonard, General Manager, Sevier County Solid Waste, Inc.: Solid waste recycling.
November 4: John Halliwell will speak about electric vehicles with focus on the charging infrastructure.
December 9: Jack Dongarra, Prof., Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering, UT: The fastest computers.