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Effects of LDEF flight exposure on selected polymeric films and thermal control coatingsThe characterization of polymeric films and thermal control coatings which were exposed for five years and ten months to the low-Earth environment is reported. Changes in solar absorptance, thermal emittance, and transmission are compared to laboratory control specimens. Sputter-deposited metallic coatings are shown to eliminate atomic oxygen erosion of resin matrix composite materials. The effects of long-term atomic oxygen exposure to metallized FEP Teflon film is characterized. Chemical characterization of polymeric films indicates that although surface erosion occurs, the molecular structure of the basic polymeric film has not changed significantly in response to this exposure.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Slemp, Wayne S.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA., United States)
Young, Philip R.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA., United States)
Shen, James Y.
(Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. Hampton, VA., United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: First LDEF Post-Retrieval Symposium Abstracts
Subject Category
Nonmetallic Materials
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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