SSE 380. Materials Science for Space Applications.
Prerequisites: MATH 175 and PHYS 231. Materials fundamentals of atoms and molecules, atomic bonding, crystal structures and defects, atomic diffusion, thermal behavior, radiative and thermal degradation, solidification and phase diagrams are introduced. Various types of materials and coatings that function properly in the extreme conditions of the space environment, such as ionizing radiation, corrosion, erosion and extreme temperatures are studied. Materials studied include iron, aluminum, titanium, nickel and refractory alloys, polymers, ceramics and composites. The coatings cover radiation-, corrosion-, erosion-resistant and thermal coatings.