Print Email Facebook Twitter Durability of polymeric materials in space: Application of scanning thermal microscopy Title Durability of polymeric materials in space: Application of scanning thermal microscopy Author Fischer, H.R. Semprimoschnig, C.O.A. Publication year 2009 Abstract In this work, a new method, the scanning thermal microscopy method, is applied to study the durability of polymeric materials for space applications. The method was applied to study ground-tested as well as space-retrieved materials. Space-grade silicones, high-temperature polyimides, and the well-known second-surface-mirror-material, fluorinated ethylene propylene, were analyzed as materials. It is shown that the method is particularly suitable for the fluorinated ethylene propylene material, and subtle differences of the top surface layer caused by different exposure conditions (solar ultraviolet, vacuum ultraviolet radiation, thermal aging, etc.) can be revealed. The technique proves to be very suitable for the study of the surface-degradation effects of materials exposed to space as well as to a simulated space environment. Copyright © 2008 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. All rights reserved. Subject MaterialsChemical sensorsDurabilityEthyleneMaterialsPolyimidesPolymersPropyleneScanningSiliconesSpace applicationsSurface treatmentThermal agingUltraviolet radiationDegradation effectsExposure conditionsFluorinated ethylene propylenesHigh temperaturesPolymeric materialsScanning thermal microscopiesSpace environmentsTop surfacesVacuum ultra violet radiationsSurfaces To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:8fe3b511-f45e-4f01-ace4-0a63483fda08 TNO identifier 241318 Source Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 46 (1), 45-50 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.