Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology

, Volume 69, Issue 3, pp 498–503 | Cite as

Atomic oxygen erosion resistance of sol–gel oxide films on Kapton

  • Xin Zhang
  • Lei Mao
  • Jun Du
  • Hui Jun Wei
Original Paper


Silica, alumina and silica-alumina composite films were deposited on Kapton substrate via sol–gel method and their atomic oxygen (AO) erosion resistance was test in a ground-based AO simulator. The surface morphology and the structure of as-deposited films were investigated by scanning electronic microscope, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy. After AO exposure, more cracks and micro-pores appear on the surface of silica and alumina films, respectively. For the silica-alumina composite films, their toughness and densification are good, and the stable interface is formed between the alumina and silica phases. Therefore, the silica-alumina composite-coated Kapton shows the best AO resistance and the erosion yield is two orders of magnitude less than that of pristine Katpon. Moreover, the composite-coated Kapton remains optically stable under AO exposure.


Sol–gel Silica Alumina Atomic oxygen erosion Structure 



This study was supported by the Hebei Education Department Project of China (QN20131015).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Materials Science and EngineeringHebei University of Science and TechnologyShijiazhuangChina
  2. 2.Hebei Key Laboratory of Material Near-net Forming TechnologyShijiazhuangChina

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