Low thermal expansion epoxy passes NASA low outgassing tests

Pigment & Resin Technology

ISSN: 0369-9420

Article publication date: 13 September 2011



(2011), "Low thermal expansion epoxy passes NASA low outgassing tests", Pigment & Resin Technology, Vol. 40 No. 5. https://doi.org/10.1108/prt.2011.12940eaa.008



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Low thermal expansion epoxy passes NASA low outgassing tests

Article Type: New products From: Pigment & Resin Technology, Volume 40, Issue 5

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