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This chapter describes the conditions under which environmental degradation is likely to occur in polymer matrix composites and the potential damage it can cause. It discusses the problems associated with moisture absorption and exposure to solvents, fuels, ultraviolet radiation, lightning strikes, thermal oxidation, and extreme temperatures. It also discusses the factors that influence flammability.

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Environmental Degradation, Structural Composite Materials, By F.C. Campbell, ASM International, 2010, p 401–420, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.tb.scm.t52870401

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