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- The overall goals of the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) investigations, established by the Materials Special Investigation Group (MSIG) prior to LDEF retrieval, are to provide useful engineering data to people designing and building spacecraft, and secondarily, to obtain data of potential interest to materials researchers. The specific objectives are to support predictions of materials lifetimes under the various low earth orbit (LEO) environments to determine how long the material will physically survive; to estimate the engineering performance lifetimes of these same materials under specific LEO exposures; to identify materials and processes by which given materials degrade; and to provide insights into development of new, more inherently LEO environmentally resistant materials. To achieve the established objectives, two criteria were established to select which materials had the highest priorities for analyses. The first criteria was to examine materials which are still being used on new spacecraft. The second priority was to examine materials with multiple exposure locations on LDEF, because this provided the opportunity to develop predictions on how a material will behave as the exposure environment varies. The goals as defined led to the identification of silverized Teflon (Ag/FEP), chromic acid anodized aluminum, and certain thermal control paints used on LDEF as the material types of highest priority for examination. Ag/FEP was chosen because of an excellent a/e ratio (extremely low), and extensive flight history. Also influencing the decision was the fact that the Hubble Space Telescope uses Ag/FEP as its primary passive thermal control system (and was launched shortly after LDEF retrieval) and that a number of other spacecraft are using or considering this material for use. The various forms of Ag/FEP were used on virtually every side of the LDEF except the earth end. The potential uses of this material, and the location distribution and therefore, exposure conditions, have provided the rationale and opportunity for a comprehensive study of this material.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19950017478.
Accession ID: 95N23898.
NASA. Langley Research Center, LDEF: 69 Months in Space. Third Post-Retrieval Symposium, Part 2; p 555-565.
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