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Noncontact temperature measurement of aluminized polymer for space applications
Author(s): William Pollard Jr.; Benjamin Hannas
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Paper Abstract

An existing fiber-optic/infrared (F-O/IR) temperature measurement system was adapted to measure the surface temperature of a thin-film aluminized polymer. The polymer under study, Kapton by Dupont, is used commonly in the aerospace industry for applications such as solar sails and solar shields. A cold plate was developed and implemented to control environmental effects on infrared data. Spectral characterization of the optical properties of Kapton was conducted to improve measurement accuracy. The instrument provides a non-contact means for accurate temperature measurement of very thin polymer membranes without distorting surface contour.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 March 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4710, Thermosense XXIV, (15 March 2002);
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William Pollard Jr., James Madison Univ. (United States)
Benjamin Hannas, James Madison Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4710:
Thermosense XXIV
Xavier P. Maldague; Andres E. Rozlosnik, Editor(s)

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