Materials in Space: An Introduction and Overview
Materials for Space Applications
Published Online: 15 DEC 2010
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Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering
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Chambers, A. R. 2010. Materials in Space: An Introduction and Overview. Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering. .
- Published Online: 15 DEC 2010
The components of the space environment which affect the performance of materials in space are described. These include the gaseous atmosphere of low Earth orbit (LEO), atomic oxygen, radiation including vacuum ultraviolet, soft X-rays and cosmic rays and debris both natural and man-made. The effect of the environment on the performance of common spacecraft materials and components are identified and the developments in materials and design to combat degradation are considered. The paper serves as introduction to the more detailed contributions in this chapter.
- space environment;
- atomic oxygen;
- spaceflight experiments