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Atomic oxygen erosion of polymer matrix compositesResults are presented on atomic oxygen erosion of circular tubes and flat plates fabricated from different epoxy matrix composites containing, boron and Kevlar fiber reinforcements. The UTIAS experiment was located at station D-12, at 90 deg to the LDEF leading edge which was yawed about approximately 8 to 10 deg relative to the velocity vector. This resulted in enhanced atomic oxygen exposure at D-12, providing a total fluence of about 4 x 10(exp 20) atoms/sq cm. Thickness loss measurements were obtained for both flat plates and cylindrical tubes. The effect of reflected atomic oxygen on erosion yield and surface morphology on back surfaces (not directly exposed to AO) are graphically demonstrated. Erosion yields are also compared with other space flight data for similar materials, and ground-based tests in the UTIAS AO simulator. The effect of angle of incidence on surface morphology, erosion profiles and thickness losses are presented and the results correlated with simulator tests as well.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Tennyson, R. C.
(Toronto Univ. Ontario)
Kleiman, J.
(Toronto Univ. Ontario)
Morison, W. D.
(Toronto Univ. Ontario)
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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