Service Life Prediction of Polymers and Coatings: Enhanced Methods focuses on the cutting-edge science behind how plastic and polymer materials are modified by the effects of weathering, offering the latest advances in service life prediction methods. The chapters have been developed by experts based on their contributions as part of the 7th Service Life Prediction Meeting. The volume begins with the premise that it is possible to produce and design life predictions, also looking at how these predictions can be used. Subsequent chapters present new developments in service life prediction, examining the most important considerations in SLP design, timescales, and other major issues.
The book also considers the current state of the field in terms of both accomplishments and areas that require significant research going forward. This is a highly valuable reference for engineers, designers, technicians, scientists and R&D professionals who are looking to develop materials, components or products for outdoor applications across a range of industries. The book also supports academic researchers, scientists and advanced students with an interest in service life, the effects of weathering, material degradation, failure analysis, or sustainability across the fields of plastics engineering, polymer science and materials science.
- Presents novel prediction techniques for plastics and polymers exposed to outdoor weathering
- Provides a consensus roadmap on the scientific barriers related to a validated, predictive model for the response of polymer and plastics to outdoor exposure
- Enables the reader to assess and compare different methods and approaches to service life prediction
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1. Introduction to polymer weathering, stabilization, and testing 2. Why is service life prediction of polymers and plastics exposed to outdoor weathering important? An industrial perspective 3. Instrumented stone chipping of automotive paint systems 4. A natural-weathering approach to predict the color service life of fluoropolymer-based coatings with organic pigments 5. Unraveling reaction pathways for service life prediction of PET 6. Methodology study of time accelerated ? ray irradiation to ethylene-propilene elastomer 7. Multiscale study and kinetic modelling of PDCPD thermal oxidation 8. Accelerated thermal aging of thermoplastic materials for the motor compartment: Characterization, degradation model and life time prediction 9. Service life prediction of aromatic engineering thermoplastics: assessing the quality of predictions from xenon arc exposures 10. An analysis of thermal and humidity cycling stresses in automotive hard coatings 11. Bayesian hierarchical models for service life prediction of polymers 12. Design and interpretation of laboratory weathering tests using acceleration parameters of aromatic engineering thermoplastics 13. A simple estimation of UV irradiance under clear-sky conditions 14. Structural insulated panels for housing: protocol for accelerated aging 15. Summary of the discussions following each session of the 7th international conference on service life prediction of polymer materials: Reaching new heights
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.
Mark E. Nichols is the leader for the weathering group at the Ford Motor company. He is a recognized world leader in the weathering of polymers, and has contributed to numerous publications in the area.
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.