Fatigue of teflon bladder materials



The fatigue properties of Teflon laminates employed in the fabrication of liquid propellant expulsion bladders were studied by cyclically stretching specimens to constant load in order to achieve a correlation of cycles to failure versus the maximum stress amplitude. This approach provides a useful technique for evaluating the resistance of bladder materials to fatigue failure which could be caused by vibration-induced cyclic loadings during ground testing and launch. Further, the data provides for a direct comparison of the relative fatigue properties of Teflon laminates and, in particular for those which were studied, the relative fatigue properties correlated with their ultimate breaking stresses. This observation, which suggests a simple and rapid method for evaluating relative fatigue behavior of candidate Teflon laminates, is discussed along with the effect of delamination on the fatigue properties observed for one laminate.