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Experiment M0003-10: Advanced compositesThe Advanced composites Sub-experiment includes numerous metal matrix composites, primarily graphite fiber reinforced aluminum and magnesium, and several classes of graphite fiber reinforced organic matrix (epoxy, polysulfone, polyimide) composites with and/or without thermal control or protective coatings. The experiment included over 500 flight samples, mounted on the leading and trailing edges of LDEF, and a full complement of the laboratory control samples. Preliminary results are presented reviewing changes in the visual appearance of the samples, atomic oxygen erosion of the organic matrix composites, contamination effects, and the effects of micrometeorite impacts and thermal fatigue on the metal matrix composites.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Steckel, Gary L.
(Aerospace Corp. El Segundo, CA, United States)
Le, Tuyen D.
(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
Composite Materials
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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