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Weathering of Plastics

Weathering of Plastics

Author:George Wypych
Category: Environmental Influences

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Language: en
Copyright: 1995
Pages: 325
6 x 6, Hardcover
ISBN: 1-884207-75-8


In spite of extensive efforts, material weathering testing still requires improvement. This book presents findings and opinions of experts in material degradation testing. The aim is to improve testing methods and procedures. Materials are presented to show that photochemical degradation rate depends on a combination of environmental factors such as UV radiation, temperature, humidity, rain, stress, and concentration of reactive pollutants.

The potential effect of each parameter of degradation on data gathered is discussed based on known results from a long experience in testing. This book contains data obtained in laboratories of the largest manufacturers of UV stabilizers and chemical companies that manufacture durable materials. The book gives details of testing procedures and choice of parameters of exposure which are crucial for obtaining laboratory results correlating with environmental performance of materials.

In addition to exposure conditions, the book contains many suggestions on sample preparation and post-exposure testing. The effective use of these methods shortens testing time of materials and determines acceleration rate of testing. The book also gives examples of complete, well-designed weathering experiments which may be used as patterns for selection of parameters and techniques for new studies. The areas of research that still require more attention in future studies are clearly indicated.

This book contains a lot of interesting stuff, and it invites periodic browsing to remind one of the kinds of R&D that have produced so much useful information over the years...this is a somewhat unusual book, but certainly an interesting and useful one...Everyone who is concerned about the durability of plastics, and especially the use of them outdoors, should have access to a copy of Dr. Wypych collection of papers. - D. M. Wiles, Plastichem Consulting


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