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Space environmental effects on silvered Teflon thermal control surfacesCumulative space environment effects on Ag/fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) were a function of exposure orientation. Samples from nineteen silvered Teflon (Ag/FEP) thermal control surfaces recovered from the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) were analyzed to determine changes in this material as a function of position on the spacecraft. Although solar absorptance and infrared emittance of measured thermal blanket specimens are relatively unchanged from control specimen values, significant changes in surface morphology, composition and chemistry were observed. Researchers hypothesize that the FEP surfaces on LDEF were degraded by ultraviolet radiation exposure at all orientations, but that the damaged material had been removed by erosion from the blankets exposed to atomic oxygen flux and that contamination is masking the damage on trays flanking the trailing edge.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Hemminger, C. S.
(Aerospace Corp. El Segundo, CA, United States)
Stuckey, W. K.
(Aerospace Corp. El Segundo, CA, United States)
Uht, J. C.
(Aerospace Corp. El Segundo, CA, 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
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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