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Witness monitoring program with portable Raman spectroscopy for detecting molecular contamination
Author(s): Gugu N. Rutherford; Elaine Seasly; Mark Thornblom; Bo Xiao; Messaoud Bahoura
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Paper Abstract

Contamination control engineers provide critical plans to monitor, mitigate, and reduce the impact of molecular and particulate contamination on spacecraft systems. Witness monitoring programs are dependable methods that utilize strategically placed witness samples on space flight hardware to monitor particulate and molecular contaminants during the assembly, integration, and test (AI&T) phases. Traditionally, optical characterization of these witness plates is the tool to determine the presence of molecular films on space flight hardware in the AI&T environment. Once a visual inspection or optical measurement identifies the presence of a contaminant, analysts collect tape lifts and wipe samples from the witness plate for analysis in an analytical lab with a potential contaminant identified within 24 hours. To speed up this process and reduce the impact to project schedule and cost the use of a non-invasive and in situ method for optical witness plate program with portable Raman spectroscopy to detect molecular contamination on spacecraft was explored.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 September 2018
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10748, Systems Contamination: Prediction, Control, and Performance 2018, 107480U (19 September 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2321242
Show Author Affiliations
Gugu N. Rutherford, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Elaine Seasly, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Mark Thornblom, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Bo Xiao, Norfolk State Univ. (United States)
Messaoud Bahoura, Norfolk State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10748:
Systems Contamination: Prediction, Control, and Performance 2018
Carlos E. Soares; Eve M. Wooldridge; Bruce A. Matheson, Editor(s)

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