Polymers in Space Environments

  • V. N. Krishnamurthy


Polymers are used in a number of applications in the space systems — space craft, space station — like thermal control coatings, adhesives, tapes, potting compounds, toughening/damping materials, seals, thin film substrates, thermal insulations in addition to composite structures. Space research demands very stringent requirements from these polymers because of the extreme environments experienced by these materials1. The polymers used outside the space system are the most affected ones. As we move from space exploration to space commercialization, these polymers have to last for 15–20 years of their designed life. Operational requirement needs not only these materials do their job but also have low outgassing to prevent contamination of surrounding optical systems. Hence, there is a need for understanding the effect of space environments on the polymeric materials in use and improvement/synthesis of new polymeric materials.


Space Debris Space Craft Geostationary Earth Orbit Acoustic Emission Technique Phenyl Methyl Silicone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. N. Krishnamurthy
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  1. 1.Vikram Sarabhai Space CentreTrivandrumIndia

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