7. Non Metallic NDE, Acoustic Microscopy
Long-life (10-30 years) large space structures are considered by NASA for a number of future earth-orbiting missions. The use of very thin graphite-fiber composites have been considered as structural materials for the fabrication of these structures. A combination of analytical and experimental approaches will be needed to provide a reliable data base on engineering properties of these materials to be used in the design and fabrication of these structures, which will be able to withstand the space environment.
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