Service Life Prediction of Polymers and Plastics Exposed to Outdoor Weathering discusses plastics and polymers and their unique applications, from sealants used in construction, to polymer composites used in planes. While these materials are important enablers for advanced technologies, exposure to weather changes the very properties of plastics that make them so useful. This book reviews current research needs and provides a consensus roadmap of the scientific barriers to validated predictive models for the response of polymers and plastics to outdoor exposure.
Despite extensive efforts over the past 20-30 years, testing of polymeric materials in accelerated or natural weathering conditions and the interpretation of the weathering results still require substantial improvements. This book represents the state-of-the-art in the prediction techniques available and in development. Engineers and materials scientists working in this field will be able to use the content of this book to assess the strengths and challenges of a range of different methods and approaches.
- Enables engineers and scientists in a range of industries to more successfully predict the durability of polymers, paints and coatings when exposed to weather
- Provides the latest information to help determine the sustainability of polymeric materials
- Reviews the current state-of-the-art in this area and identifies research needs that are followed by more detailed discussions of specific polymers and applications
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1. State-of-the-art assessment and research needs assessment of the current scientific knowledge of in-service prediction of polymers and plastics exposed to outdoor weathering 2. Development of a roadmap for modification and adoption of consensus standards related to in-service prediction of polymers and plastics exposed to outdoor weathering 3. Validating laboratory-based models and scaling-up for service life prediction 4. Predicting Field Degradation of Sealants Using Accelerated Tests from the NIST Solar Sphere 5. Selecting a statistical method for validation of life prediction models 6. Development of Weathering Cycles for Qualitative Service Life Analysis as a Precursor to Accurate Service Life Prediction Protocols: Contemporary Examples 7. Predicting chemical compatibility and aging of materials in a system: a combined experimental and modeling approach 8. Towards a predictive, multi-scale aging model for complex silicone architectures
Insights into structural control and response to environmental stressors 9. Case Studies to Assess the Effects of Accelerated Weathering Stresses Used to Predict Service Life 10. A Study of Nano-mechanical Test Methods as Predictive Tools for Coating Changes in Weathering 11. Degradation of ethylene-propylene-diene elastomer by heat and/or radiation 12. Challenges in Accelerated Weather Testing, Method Development, and Service Life Prediction of Exterior Commercial Airplane Coatings 13. Combination of material characterization and cyclic fatigue testing for investigation of elastomer aging
Chris White is a Research Chemist in the Polymeric Materials Group at the USA's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He has 30 years of experience in service life prediction of polymers, over 100 peer reviewed publications, numerous books, and presentations. He is the organizer for 5th, 6th, and 7th Service life Prediction gatherings of international experts.
White, Kenneth M.
Kenneth M. White is Lead Research Specialist in the Weathering Research Center of the 3M Corporate Research Analytical Laboratory. He is a recognized world leader in the weathering of polymers and has contributed to some of the most influential and well cited publications and presentations in this field.
James Pickett is now a consultant, having retired from GE Global Research after 33.5 years as a physical organic chemist. His work focuses on degradation, stabilization, testing, and lifetime prediction of plastics and coatings. He has over 60 issued US patents and has written over 50 peer reviewed papers and book chapters.