Optical Microscopy of Fiber-Reinforced Composites
Chapter 14: Surface Degradation of Composites
Polymer composite materials are subject to degradation if not appropriately protected from the environment. Composite materials having polymeric matrices are susceptible to degradation from heat, sunlight, ozone, atomic oxygen (in space), moisture, solvents (chemicals), fatigue, excessive loading, and combinations of these environmental conditions. This chapter discusses the effects of heat, ultraviolet-light, and atomic oxygen on composite materials.
Surface Degradation of Composites, Optical Microscopy of Fiber-Reinforced Composites, By Brian S. Hayes, Luther M. Gammon, ASM International, 2010, p 237–243, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.tb.omfrc.t53030237
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