Accelerated Testing of Thermal Control Coatings Using Synchrotron Radiation and Evaluation of Materials Performance

  • H. R. Fischer
  • Yu. V. Butenko
  • C. Mooney
  • C. Semprimoschnig
  • M. H. W. Verkuijlen
  • E. R. H. van Eck
  • T. Gerber
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP, volume 32)


Accelerated testing of white thermal control coatings was performed using the high intensity UV radiation generated by a synchrotron and resulting in a substantial shortening of test times. The origin of coloration of metal oxides upon UV irradiation has been identified to be most likely a generation of oxygen vacancies connected with the appearance of colour centers in the crystal lattice.


Accelerated testing White thermal control coatings Synchrotron 



The authors acknowledge the assistance of L. Goossens, Dutch Aero BV Eindhoven, The Netherlands in preparation of the ceramic coatings using a plasma-spray process.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. R. Fischer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yu. V. Butenko
    • 1
  • C. Mooney
    • 1
  • C. Semprimoschnig
    • 1
  • M. H. W. Verkuijlen
    • 3
  • E. R. H. van Eck
    • 3
  • T. Gerber
    • 4
  1. 1.ESA-ESTEC, TEC-QTNoordwijkThe Netherlands
  2. 2.TNO Materials PerformanceEindhovenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Radboud UniversityNijmegenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.SLS Villigen and PSIVilligenSwitzerland

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