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Evaluation of high-modulus pitch/cyanate material systems for dimensionally stable structures
Author(s): Richard A. Brand; Eddy A. Derby
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Paper Abstract

Dimensional stability in composite structures has mainly focused on near-zero CTE, high- modulus fiber/epoxy resin systems. However, hygrothermal stability has been demonstrated to be a serious concern for structures moisturized on earth and dried in orbit. Composite sealing techniques have been developed to prevent this moisture absorption and desorption with the concomitant dimensional changes. New resin system are being developed which absorb significantly less moisture and show promise as optional systems in dimensionally stable structures. These resin systems have not been evaluated for their physical and mechanical properties. This paper describes the testing of various high-modulus, cyanate ester resin systems for evaluation in dimensionally stable composite applications. Physical testing included moisture absorption testing, coefficient of thermal expansion, and hygrothermal strain change. Mechanical testing included tensile, compression, Iosipescu shear, and bonded joint allowables. A comparison of the thermomechanical properties for the cyanate ester resin systems is made with a P75S/ERL1962 baseline epoxy resin systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 1992
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 1690, Design of Optical Instruments, (16 September 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.138006
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Richard A. Brand, Composite Optics, Inc. (United States)
Eddy A. Derby, Composite Optics, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1690:
Design of Optical Instruments
David M. Aikens; Victor L. Genberg; Gary C. Krumweide; Michael J. Thomas, Editor(s)

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