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Characteristics:

  • Low Density
  • High Strength to Weight Ratio
  • High Surface area to Volume Ratio
  • isotropic load response
  • controlled stress-strain Characteristics

General Properties

Density 3%
Max Compression Up to 25x
PPI Available 5, 10, 20, 30, 45, 60, 80, 100
Largest starting material sizes: 6"x12"x24"*

*Uncompressed

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Data Sheet

Why is Duocel® Reticulated Vitreous Carbon (RVC) foam so special?

The matrix of cells and ligaments is completely repeatable, regular, and uniform throughout the entirety of the material. Duocel® Reticulated Vitreous Carbon is a rigid, highly porous and permeable structure and has a controlled density of carbon per unit volume.

 

Physical Characteristics of Duocel® Reticulated Vitreous Carbon (RVC) Foam* (3% Nominal Density)

Compression Strength 15-75 psi (0.10-0.52 MPa)
Tensile Strength* 25-50 psi (0.17-0.34 MPa)
Shear Strength 4.4x103 psi (30.3 Mpa)
Mohs Hardness 6-7 Mohs  
Modulus of Elasticity (Tension)* 14.6 × 103 psi (101.84 MPa)
Shear Modulus 4.4 × 103 psi (30.3 MPa)
Vickers Pyramid Number 35 HV
Specific Heat .3 BTU/lb °F (1.26 J/g °C)
Bulk Thermal Conductivity 0.021 - 0.029 BTU/ft ·hr·°F (0.033 - 0.050 W/m °C)
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion 
(0-100°C)  
1.2 × 10-6 in/in°F (2.2 × 10-6 m/m°C)
(100-1000°C)  
1.8 × 10-6 in/in°F (3.2 × 10-6 m/m°C)
Bulk Resistivity 12.7 × 10-2 ohm · in (32.3 × 10-2 ohm · cm)
Temperature Limitations
In air  
600°F (315°C)
Inert environment  
6330°F (3499°C)

*these values were derived from small samples where edge effects influenced the results. Larger samples having a minimum of 10-15 bubble diameter produce more general test results which are in better compliance with the equations.

 

More Information:

Thermal Conductivity:

Duocel® Reticulated Vitreous Carbon (RVC) is not thermally conductive and can be used as an insulator. Duocel® RVC is able to withstand extreme temperatures in non-oxidizing atmospheres.

Please visit our thermal conductivity page in the technical data section for a more in depth explanation of how materials and properties effects the thermal conductivity of Duocel® foam.

Crush Strength:

The compression strength of Duocel® Reticulated Vitreous Carbon ( RVC) is dependent upon pore size. The smaller the pore size the stronger the foam. The compression strength ranges from 20 to 80 psi.

Please visit our energy absorption page in the technical data section for a more in depth explanation of how materials and properties effects the crush strength of Duocel® foam.

Electrical Conductivity:

Duocel® Reticulated Vitreous Carbon (RVC) is an excellent material for use as a porous electrode. The structure provides both low electrical and low fluid flow resistance. Large current distribution areas are possible due to the enormous amount of surface area of the foam.

Please visit our electrical conductivity page in the technical data section for a more in depth explanation of how materials and properties effects the electrical conductivity of Duocel® foam.

Density:

Duocel® Reticulated Vitreous Carbon ( RVC) is made in a 3% relative density (of it’s parent material), or it has 97% void volume. The resulting foam structure is extremely lightweight.

Strength:

Duocel® Reticulated Vitreous Carbon ( RVC) is uniquely strong at elevated temperatures. It also has a high scratch resistance at 6-7 mohs.

Corrosion resistance:

Duocel® Reticulated Vitreous Carbon (RVC) is composed of one of the most chemically inert forms of Carbon. Duocel® RVC is highly resistant to intercalation by materials which disintegrate graphite.

Duocel® RVC is inert to a wide rage of very reactive acids, bases, and organic solvents. At high temperatures it will form carbides, but is inert to non-carbide forming metals

Sizes:

Duocel® RVC is manufactured at 3% relative density and is made in a billet size of 6” x 12” x 24”. ERG does have the capability to create larger billet sizes on a custom basis.

Cost:

The cost for Duocel® RVC is about $1.50 per cubic inch. This is the cost before any fabrication or machining is done to the material.

ERG does not sell foam as a raw bulk material, only as finished end item components.



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