Accession Number : ADD002362

Title :   Method and Apparatus for Measuring Linear Thermal Expansion of Polymeric Material.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : McKinnis,James A

Report Date : 17 Feb 1976

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : A method and apparatus is described for measuring the linear thermal expansion of a polymeric material wherein a sample with a wedge surface is mounted on a graphite block within a temperature controlled chamber. The incident and reflected beam of a laser lie in a plane perpendicular to the plane of the base of the sample and make equal angles with a line perpendicular to the plane of the base of the sample. A holographic plate is exposed by the object beam from the sample and a reference beam. The temperature is gradually increased from 0.9 to 4F between a first exposure and a second exposure. A thermocouple and indicator are used to indicate the temperature of the sample at the time of each exposure of the holographic plate. The holographic plate is then developed and replaced in the plate holder for reconstruction of the images and the fringe pattern, which indicates the expansion of the sample.

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Thermal expansion, *Polymers, *Interferometers, *Holography, Interferometry, Measurement, Lasers, Laboratory equipment

Subject Categories : Polymer Chemistry

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE