Understanding polymer degradation is crucial to avoid premature product failure


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The combined impact of light, heat, and water induces weather ageing of polymers. While the absorption of photons is the first step in photo degradation, all subsequent chemical processes are impacted by heat and water as well.

Understanding the nature and synergistic interaction of weather-induced polymer degradation processes is crucial for developing durable materials, well-stabilized formulations, and avoiding premature failure.

In this Technical Guide you learn about:

  • Impact of light, heat and moisture on polymers
  • Synergistic effects and secondary weather factors
  • Photooxidation and stabilization of polymers
  • Combining Arrhenius and reciprocity