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Comparison of the Results of MISSE 6 Atomic Oxygen Erosion Yields of Layered Kapton H Films with Monte Carlo Computational PredictionsA space experiment flown as part of the Materials International Space Station Experiment 6B (MISSE 6B) was designed to compare the atomic oxygen erosion yield (Ey) of layers of Kapton H polyimide with no spacers between layers with that of layers of Kapton H with spacers between layers. The results were compared to a solid Kapton H (DuPont, Wilmington, DE) sample. Monte Carlo computational modeling was performed to optimize atomic oxygen interaction parameter values to match the results of both the MISSE 6B multilayer experiment and the undercut erosion profile from a crack defect in an aluminized Kapton H sample flown on the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF). The Monte Carlo modeling produced credible agreement with space results of increased Ey for all samples with spacers as well as predicting the space-observed enhancement in erosion near the edges of samples due to scattering from the beveled edges of the sample holders.
Document ID
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Banks, Bruce A.
(Science Applications International Corp. Cleveland, OH, United States)
Groh, Kim De
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Kneubel, Christian A.
(BAB Technology, LLC Olmsted Township, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
January 12, 2015
Publication Date
November 1, 2014
Subject Category
Aircraft Design, Testing And Performance
Nonmetallic Materials
Report/Patent Number
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 686034.01.03.05
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
Oxygen atoms
Low Earth orbits
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