SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 2000

Mechanical Properties of Degraded PMR-15 Resin


Thermo-oxidative aging produces a non-uniform degradation state in PMR-15 resin. A surface layer, usually attributed to oxidative degradation, forms. This surface layer has different properties from the inner material. A set of material tests was designed to separate the properties of the oxidized surface layer from the properties of interior material. Test specimens were aged at 316°C in either air or nitrogen, for durations of up to 800 h. The thickness of the oxidized surface layer in air aged specimens, and the shrinkage and coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of nitrogen aged specimens were measured directly. Four-point-bend tests were performed to determine modulus of both the oxidized surface layer and the interior material. Bimaterial strip specimens consisting of oxidized surface material and unoxidized interior material were constructed and used to determine surface layer shrinkage and CTE. Results confirm that the surface layer and core materials have substantially different properties.

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Tsuji, LC
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
McManus, HL
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Bowles, KJ
NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH
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Developed by Committee: D30
Pages: 3–17
DOI: 10.1520/STP15826S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5417-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2601-5