The Effect of UV Light and Weather on Plastics and Elastomers

The Effect of UV Light and Weather on Plastics and Elastomers

Author: Liesl Massey
10-ISBN 0-8155-1525-1 
13-ISBN 978 0-8155-1525-8 
2nd Edition, Pages 488, Hardcover
This extensively updated, comprehensive databook was created for design and application engineers, scientists, and material producer technical support and research and development personnel. Important weathering characteristics and material properties of plastics and elastomers are presented in discussion, tabular and graphical sections. It provides a ready reference for comparing materials in the same family as well as materials in different families.

Data are presented on 80 major plastic and elastomer materials, including biodegradable or organic polymers. New to this edition, the resin chapters each contain textual summary information including category, general description, and weathering properties detailing information of the material’s susceptibility or immunity to weathering including discussion of test results. Extensive references are provided. The resin chapter material supplier trade name product data are presented in a graphical and tabular format, with results normalized to SI units, retaining the familiar format of the 1st edition and allowing easy comparison between materials and test conditions.

The Effects of UV Light and Weather, 2nd Edition:
• Covers thermoplastics, thermoplastic blends/alloys, biodegradable thermoplastic alloys, thermosets, thermoplastic elastomers, and thermosetting elastomers (rubbers).
• The introductory chapter provides basic information on the components of weathering, post-exposure material properties affected by weathering, and a review of testing environments.
• Expanded resin information includes brief discussions weathering stabilizers, including color stabilizers.
• Commonly used standardized weathering tests are discussed, including; indoor and outdoor exposures, accelerated outdoor exposure, conventional aging, artificial accelerated tests.
• Presents results of exposure conditions conducted in a variety of environments, from Arizona, Florida, and California to Ohio and Pennsylvania to Okinawa, Japan.
• Retained material properties data are provided on retained properties including tensile strength and elongation, ductility and embrittlement.
• Retained surface and appearance properties data are provided on retained properties including color change, yellowing, and cracking, among others.

Introduction to Weathering
Test Methods

Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate / Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene Capstock
Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate
Acrylic and Acrylic Copolymer
Acrylic and Polyvinyl Chloride Coextrusion
Cellulosic Plastic
Cellulose Acetate Butyrate

Fluoropolymers Overview
Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE or TFE)
Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP)
Perfluoroalkoxy PFA and MFA
Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)
Polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE)
Ethylene-chlorotrifluoroethylene (ECTFE)
Ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE)
Polyvinylfluoride (PVF)


Polyphenylene Oxide

Nylon Overview
Nylon 6
Nylon 12
Nylon with Glass Fiber
Nylon 66
Nylon 6,6 T
Nylon MXD6

Polycarbonate Blends

Polybutylene Terephthalate
Polyethylene Terephthalate
Liquid Crystal Polymers


Polyetheretherketone – PEEK

Polyethylene Overview
Low Density Polyethylene
High Density Polyethylene
Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Polyethylene
Polyethylene Copolymers

Polyphenylene Sulfide

General Purpose Polystyrene
High Impact Polystyrene


Styrene Acrylonitrile Copolymer

Styrene Butadiene Copolymer

Vinyl Resin
Polyvinyl Chloride
Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride

Thermoplastic Blends / Alloys
ABS Vinyl Resin Alloy
ABS Polyvinyl Chloride Alloy
Acrylic (PMMA) Polyvinyl Alloy
Polycarbonate ABS Alloy Chapter

Biodegradable Thermoplastic Alloys
Biodegradable Polyethylene Films
Biodegradable Polyethylene Films
Starch Synthetic Resin Alloy

Thermoset Polyester

Polyurethane Reaction Injection Molding System

Thermoplastic Elastomers
Thermoplastic Elastomers Overview
Chlorinate Polyethylene Elastomer
Olefinic Thermoplastic Elastomer
Polyester Thermoplastic Elastomer
Poly Styrene Butadiene Styrene Thermoplastic
Styrenic Thermoplastic Elastomer
Urethane Thermoplastic Elastomer
Nitrile Thermoplastic Elastomers

Thermoset Elastomers or Rubbers
Thermoset Elastomers or Rubbers Overview
Butyl Rubber, Bromobutyl Rubber, and Chlorobutyl Rubber
Chlorosulfonated Polyethylene Rubber
Ethylene Propylene Copolymer
Ethylene Propylene Diene Methylene Terpolymer (EPDM)
Neoprene Rubber
Polyisoprene Rubber
Silicone Rubber

Appendix 1: Fluoropolymers in coatings applications
Appendix 2: Coil Coatings
End Notes to Tables
Glossary of Terms
Graph Index
Table Index
Tradename Index