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Attacking dimensional instability problems in graphite/epoxy structures
Author(s): Gary C. Krumweide; Richard A. Brand
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Paper Abstract

The sources of dimensional instability in graphite/epoxy structures are numerous and can be both micro or macro in nature. They can be related to environmental changes, part geometry, laminate orientation, microcracking, and other factors. Past and current experiences in working with graphite/epoxy to fabricate dimensionally stable instrument structures at Composite Optics, Incorporated, has given rise to new understanding and techniques for achieving higher degrees of dimensional stability. This paper describes these sources of dimensional instability, provides alternatives for minimizing or eliminating them, and presents test data illustrating the effectiveness of these techniques used to dimensionally stabilize a graphite/epoxy structure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1991
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1533, Optomechanics and Dimensional Stability, (1 December 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.48861
Show Author Affiliations
Gary C. Krumweide, Composite Optics, Inc. (United States)
Richard A. Brand, Composite Optics, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1533:
Optomechanics and Dimensional Stability
Roger A. Paquin; Daniel Vukobratovich, Editor(s)

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