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Electrical behaviour of a silicone elastomer under simulated space environment

Abstract : The electrical behavior of a space-used silicone elastomer was characterized using surface potential decay and dynamic dielectric spectroscopy techniques. In both cases, the dielectric manifestation of the glass transition (dipole orientation) and a charge transport phenomenon were observed. An unexpected linear increase of the surface potential with temperature was observed around Tg in thermally-stimulated potential decay experiments, due to molecular mobility limiting dipolar orientation in one hand, and 3D thermal expansion reducing the materials capacitance in the other hand. At higher temperatures, the charge transport process, believed to be thermally activated electron hopping with an activation energy of about 0.4eV, was studied with and without the silica and iron oxide fillers present in the commercial material. These fillers were found to play a preponderant role in the low-frequency electrical conductivity of this silicone elastomer, probably through a Maxwell–Wagner–Sillars relaxation phenomenon.
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A. Roggero, E. Dantras, T. Paulmier, C. Tonon, N. Balcon, et al.. Electrical behaviour of a silicone elastomer under simulated space environment. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, IOP Publishing, 2015, 48 (13), p. 135302 (10 p.). ⟨10.1088/0022-3727/48/13/135302⟩. ⟨hal-01226232⟩



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