Evaluation of moisture barrier coatings on carbon-phenolic SRM nozzle materials
- Mcnutt, Ronald C.
- Nov 1, 1986.
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- The carbon-phenolic composite ablative material used on the Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) nozzle is known to absorb moisture from the atmosphere. This could cause problems such as pocketing during firing. Several moisture barrier coatings were tested on the SRM nozzle material. Data are presented for six of the 12 coatings to be tested. The data were obtained from immersion of coated samples in an environmental chamber at 100 F and 100% relative humidity and by using a modified TGA (thermal gravimetric analysis) technique. The TGA technique involved allowing wet nitrogen (25 C, 80% relative humidity) to flow across a small sample at about 65 cu cm per minute while continually monitoring the weight increase. These preliminary results show Kel-F-800, a material supplied by 3M Corporation to be the better moisture barrier. A second task was to collect data on the relative absorption of water and kerosene into the carbon-phenolic SRM nozzle material. These data indicate that water absorbs into the nozzle material to a much greater extent than kerosene. Thus kerosene is the more likely solvent in which to make specific gravity measurements on the SRM nozzle material.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19870007340., Accession ID: 87N16773., and NASA. Marshall Space Flight Center Research Reports: 1986 NASA(ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship Program; 19 p.
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