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Polymer composite materials are subject to degradation if not appropriately protected from the environment. This article describes the effects of heat and atomic oxygen and ultraviolet-light on composite material surfaces, with illustrations.

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Brian S. Hayes, Luther M. Gammon, Analysis of Surface Degradation of Composites, Metallography and Microstructures, Vol 9, ASM Handbook, Edited By George F. Vander Voort, ASM International, 2004,

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