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EFFECTS OF THE SPACE ENVIRONMENT ON PLASTICS: A SUMMARY WITH ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
PLASTICS TECHNICAL EVALUATION CENTER DOVER N J
A brief summary outlines the various space environmental factors, natural and induced, and discusses their effects on plastics and related materials. These factors are UV radiation, high-vacuum environment, temperature extremes, high-energy radiation and high-energy particles, sputtering, and micrometeorite erosion. Structural plastics, coatings, and elastomeric materials are considered. The bibliography lists 202 selected references. In the annotations, plastic materials covered in the references are listed and results and conclusions are outlined when feasible. The arrangement is alphabetical by author. An index in depth is provided, covering both materials and subjects. This index is supplemented with additional indexes listing personal and corporate authors, military contract numbers, ASTIA AD numbers, report numbers, and technical conferences. Author