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27 Nonmetallic Materials

Includes physical, chemical, and mechanical properties of plastics, elastomers, lubricants, polymers, textiles, adhesives, and ceramic materials. For composite materials see 24 Composite Materials.


Nonmetallic Materials – Materials that do not have the properties of, or do not contain, metal and that are able to combine with hydrogen to form stable compounds, acids, acidic oxides, and anions.

NASA Interest

Exhaustive Interest : Physical, chemical, and mechanical properties; testing, evaluation, and protection of nonmetallic materials (other than conventional building structural materials).

Selective Interest : Research and development on nonmetallic materials that have potential aerospace applications.

Negative Interest : Routine developments of structural nonmetallic materials for use in housing, heavy industry, and earthbound transportation, unless a potential exists for aerospace use.


Input Subjects of Specific Interest

  • ablative materials (nonmetallic)
  • adhesives
  • carbon nanotubes (synthesis and properties)
  • cements
  • ceramic materials
  • chemical properties of nonmetallic materials
  • cleaners
  • compression strength (nonmetallic materials)
  • creep strength (nonmetallic materials)
  • crystal structure (nonmetallic materials)
  • crystals (nonmetallic)
  • development of nonmetallic materials
  • elastomers
  • evaluation of nonmetallic materials
  • fabrics (nonmetallic materials)
  • fatigue (nonmetallic materials)
  • ferrofluids
  • fibers (nonmetallic materials)
  • film strength
  • flammability (nonmetallic materials)
  • foam materials
  • glass materials
  • glues
  • graphite
  • greases
  • hydraulic fluids
  • hydrogels
  • insulation (nonmetallic materials)
  • lubricants
  • lubrication properties of nonmetallic materials
  • mechanical properties of nonmetallic materials
  • nonmetallic fibers
  • nonmetallic materials
  • offgassing/outgassing (nonmetallic materials)
  • packing (nonmetallic materials)
  • paints
  • paper
  • patching compounds
  • physical properties of nonmetallic materials
  • plastics
  • plywoods
  • polymers
  • protection of materials (nonmetallic)
  • protective coatings (nonmetallic)
  • radomes (nonmetallic materials)
  • reinforcing filaments (nonmetallic)
  • research on nonmetallic materials
  • rubber
  • sealants (nonmetallic materials)
  • sheer strength (nonmetallic materials)
  • silicon materials
  • solvents
  • surface properties (nonmetallic materials)
  • tensile strength (nonmetallic materials)
  • testing of materials (nonmetallic)
  • textiles
  • whiskers (nonmetallic materials)
  • woods