Future science missions of the European Space Agency (ESA) to the inner part of the solar system will require the use of materials at an extreme radiation and temperature environment. A major concern regarding the selection of these materials is the thermal behaviour and the thermal stability. In this paper ways are shown to assess the thermal endurance of polymers by kinetic modelling. Two commonly used kinetic models, the one following the ASTM E 1641 and ASTM E 1877 standards and the other following the Model Free Kinetics (MFK) approach, are presented and compared to each other with the given example of two competing polyimide films, Kapton HN® of DuPont and Upilex S® of Ube Industries1, which were tested within ESA’s critical materials technology program.
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Moser, M., Heltzel, S., Semprimoschnig, C. et al. Screening Of The Thermal Endurance Of Spacecraft Materials By Kinetic Modelling. MRS Online Proceedings Library 851, 290–297 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1557/PROC-851-NN5.1