Degradation of imide based composites

R. C. Cochran, R. E. Trabocco, J. Boodey, J. Thompson, T. M. Donnellan

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High temperature imide based composites offer significant weight savings over steel and titanium in applications in the 149°C (300°F) to 288°C (550°F) region. A recent laboratory test program showed that when graphite bismaleimide composites are immersed in salt water while in contact with a metal the resin is removed from the fibers and the composite delaminates. Because of the corrosive operating environment and the importance of imide based composites to the Navy, a program to examine this degradation was initiated at NADC. This paper describes the experiments performed and the results of this initial study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1273-1287
Number of pages15
JournalInternational SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition (Proceedings)
Issue numberpt 2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991
Event36th International SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: Apr 15 1991Apr 18 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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    Cochran, R. C., Trabocco, R. E., Boodey, J., Thompson, J., & Donnellan, T. M. (1991). Degradation of imide based composites. International SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition (Proceedings), 36(pt 2), 1273-1287.