MAE Seminar Series

Professor John Linck

Carbon-Carbon Composites for Aircraft Brake Applications

February 4 | 4:00 pm | Zoom

Associate Director of Carbon R&D, Collins Aerospace and Adjunct Professor, Carbon Research and Development, Colorado State University Pueblo


Carbon-carbon composites were discovered in 1958 and first used as a thermal protection system on the Space Shuttle Orbiter beginning in April 1982. Today, carbon-carbon composites are used for a wide range of high temperature applications including re-entry vehicle nose caps, rocket motor exhaust throats, heat exchangers, and aircraft brake and Formula I friction materials. This presentation provides an overview of the history and applications of carbon-carbon composites, with focus on aircraft brake friction material processing and applications, and material development/ development opportunities.


Work Experience

  • Associate Director of Carbon Research and Development (2000 – present)
  • Goodrich Corporation / UTC Aerospace Systems / Collins Aerospace Carbon Process Engineer/Program Engineering Manager (1992 – 2000)
  • BFGoodrich / Goodrich Corp Lead Materials Engineer, Carbon-Carbon Technologies Group (1985–1992)
  • LTV Aerospace and Defense / Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Co-op Student, Vought Corporation (1982-1985)


  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Evansville (1985)
  • ME in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington (1990)
  • MS in Business Administration, Colorado State University – Pueblo (2000)
  • MS in Polymer Science / Composites, University of Southern Mississippi (in progress) Teaching Experience
  • Adjunct Professor, Colorado State University – Pueblo, Materials Science and Eng. (2005 – present)
  • Volunteer/Mentor, Boys and Girls Club, Junior Achievement, Christ the King Church

Event Date: February 4, 2021 at 4:00 PM