Micom Laboratories Inc. offers test services to ASTM D5071 – Standard Practice for Exposure of Photodegradable Plastics in a Xenon Arc Apparatus. This aging part of this practice is done by UV exposure using ASTM G155 – Practice for Operating Xenon Arc Light Apparatus for Exposure of Non-Metallic Materials and ASTM D2565 Practice for Xenon-Arc Exposure of Plastics Intended for Outdoor Applications.
Uses and factors to consider:
Products made of photodegradable plastics are intended to deteriorate at a faster rate than their normal equivalent when exposed to sunlight, air, water and other weather related degrading elements. The increased photodegradability is usually achieved by the use of additives in the resin blend. ASTM D5071 is used for assessing the additives effectiveness and helping predict how fast a film will photodegrade. When doing UV testing it is not possible to measure accurately how long it will take for the films to degrade as actual outdoor conditions will vary greatly from region to region and also because it is very difficult to predict the exact time compression factor.
Actual test protocol:
When testing to ASTM D5071 plastic film samples will be aged as described above using different exposure durations. The exposure duration varies as a function of the film thickness, the actual application that will dictate how long the film should last before it breaks down. Once the accelerated aging phase is completed the samples will be cut in strips and their tensile properties will be measured against an unexposed sample using ASTM D882. Ideally plastics films tested per this method should be tested simultaneously so that a comparison base can be established.
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