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Study of balloon and thermal control material degradation aboard LDEFThe initial results of analysis performed on a number of polymeric materials which were exposed aboard the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) are discussed. These materials include two typical high altitude balloon films (a polyester and a polyethylene) and silver-backed Teflon from thermal control blanket samples. The techniques used for characterizing changes in mechanical properties, chemical structure and surface morphology include Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and dynamic mechanical analysis.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Letton, Alan
(Texas A&M Univ. College Station, TX, United States)
Rock, Neil I.
(Texas A&M Univ. College Station, TX, United States)
Williams, Kevin D.
(Texas A&M Univ. College Station, TX, United States)
Strganac, Thomas
(Texas A&M Univ. College Station, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: NASA, Langley Research Center, First LDEF Post-Retrieval Symposium Abstracts
Subject Category
Nonmetallic Materials
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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