SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1985

Fiberglass Epoxy Laminate Fatigue Properties at 300 and 20 K


A subcritical liquid hydrogen orbital storage and supply experiment is being designed for flight in the Space Shuttle cargo bay. The Cryogenic Fluid Management Experiment (CFME) includes a liquid hydrogen tank supported in a vacuum jacket by two fiberglass epoxy composite trunnion mounts. The ability of the CFME to last for the required seven missions depends primarily on the fatigue life of the composite trunnions at cryogenic temperatures. To verify the trunnion design and test the performance of the composite material, fatigue property data at 300 and 20 K were obtained for the specific E-glass fabric/S-glass unidirectional laminate that will be used for the CFME trunnions. The fatigue life of this laminate was greater at 20 K than at 300 K, and was satisfactory for the intended application.

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Toth, JM
Bailey, WJ
Boyce, DA
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Developed by Committee: E08
Pages: 163–172
DOI: 10.1520/STP32753S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-4924-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0411-2