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Weathering of Plastics
Testing to Mirror Real Life Performance
edited by George Wypych

Weathering of Plastics 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.

Weathering of Plastics contains data obtained in laboratories of the largest manufacturers of UV stabilizers and chemical companies that manufacture durable materials.

Weathering of Plastics gives details of testing procedures and choice of parameters of exposure which are crucial for obtaining laboratory results correlating with environmental performance of materials.


  1. Basic Parameters in Weathering Studies
  2. Choices in the Design of Outdoor Weathering Tests
  3. A Comparison of New and Established Accelerated Weathering Devices in Aging Studies of Polymeric Materials at Elevated Irradiance and Temperature
  4. Current Status of Light and Weather Fastness Standards. New Equipment Technologies, Operating Procedures and Application of Standard Reference Materials
  5. Weatherability of Vinyl and Other Plastics
  6. Aging Conditions' Effect on UV Durability
  7. Molecular Weight Loss and Chemical Changes in Copolyester Sheeting with Outdoor Exposure
  8. Fourier Transform Infrared Micro Spectroscopy. Mapping Studies of Weathered PVC Capstock Type Formulations. II: Outdoor Weathering in Pennsylvania
  9. Effects of Water Spray and Irradiance Level on Changes in Copolyester Sheeting with Xenon Arc Exposure
  10. Hot Water Resistance of Glass Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics
  11. Surface Temperatures and Temperature Measurement Techniques on the Level of Exposed Samples During Irradiation/Weathering in Equipment
  12. Infrared Welding of Thermoplastics: Characterization of Transmission Behavior of Eleven Thermoplastics
  13. Infrared Welding of Thermoplastics. Colored Pigments and Carbon Black Levels on Transmission of Infrared Radiation
  14. Predicting Maximum Field Service Temperatures from Solar Reflectance Measurements of Vinyl
  15. Residual Stress Distribution Modification Caused by Weathering
  16. Residual Stress Development in Marine Coatings Under Simulated Service Conditions
  17. Balancing the Color and Physical Property Retention of Polyolefins Through the Use of High Performance Stabilizer Systems
  18. Activation Energies of Polymer Degradation
  19. Failure Progression and Mechanisms of Irradiated Polypropylenes and Other Medical Polymers
  20. Chemical Assessment of Automative Clearcoat Weathering
  21. Effect of Aging on Mineral-Filled Nanocomposites
  22. The Influence of Degraded, Recycled PP on Incompatible Blends
  23. Interactions of Hindered Amine Stabilizers in PE Films for Agricultural Use
  24. The Influence of Co-Additive Interactions on Stabilizer Performance
  25. New High Performance Light Stabilizer Systems for Molded-in Color TPOs: An Update
  26. Stabilization of Polyolefins by Photoreactive Light Stabilizers
  27. Effect of Stabilizer on Photo-Degradation Depth Profile
  28. New Light Stabilizer for Coextruded Polycarbonate Sheet
  29. Ultraviolet Light Resistance of Vinyl Miniblinds. Part 2. Reaction Products Formed by Lead in Air
  30. Case Studies of Inadvertent Interactions between Polymers and Devices in Field Applications
  31. Automotive Clearcoats


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Weathering of Plastics
Testing to Mirror Real Life Performance
edited by George Wypych

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