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Comparison of High-Performance Fiber Materials Properties in Simulated and Actual Space EnvironmentsA variety of high-performance fibers, including Kevlar, Nomex, Vectran, and Spectra, have been tested for durability in the space environment, mostly the low Earth orbital environment. These materials have been tested in yarn, tether/cable, and fabric forms. Some material samples were tested in a simulated space environment, such as the Atomic Oxygen Beam Facility and solar simulators in the laboratory. Other samples were flown on the International Space Station as part of the Materials on International Space Station Experiment. Mass loss due to atomic oxygen erosion and optical property changes due to ultraviolet radiation degradation are given. Tensile test results are also presented, including where moisture loss in a vacuum had an impact on tensile strength.
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Acquisition Source
Marshall Space Flight Center
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Finckenor, M. M.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
July 31, 2017
Publication Date
July 1, 2017
Subject Category
Nonmetallic Materials
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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