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The Effect of UV Light and Weather on Plastics and Elastomers

This reference guide brings together a wide range of essential data on the effects of weather and UV light exposure on plastics and elastomers, enabling engineers to make optimal material choices and design decisions. In both normal and extreme environments, outdoor use has a variety of effects on different plastics and elastomers, including discoloring and brittleness. The data is supported by explanations of real-world engineering applications. The data tables in this book are supported by examples of real-world applications, enabling engineers and scientists to select the right materials for a given situation, across a wide range of sectors including construction, packaging, signage, consumer (e.g. toys, outdoor furniture), automotive and aerospace, defense, etc. 

The third edition includes new text chapters that provide the fundamental knowledge required to make best use of the data. Author Larry McKeen has also added detailed  descriptions of the effect of weathering on the most common polymer classes such  as polyolefins, polyamides, polyesters, elastomers, fluoropolymers, biodegradable  plastics, etc., making this book an invaluable design guide as well as an industry standard  data source.


Plastics engineers, product designers and materials scientists.

Sectors: construction; consumer goods; toys; automotive & aerospace, agriculture; defense.

Hardbound, 400 Pages

Published: July 2013

Imprint: William Andrew

ISBN: 978-1-4557-2851-0


  • Introduction to Plastics and


    2. Introduction to

    Environmental testing

    3. Production of plastic films

    and articles

    4. Principles of


    5. Markets and Applications

    for Plastics requiring UV

    and weathering


    6. Styrene-based Plastics

    7. Polyesters

    8. Polyimides

    9. Polyamides (Nylons)

    10. Polyolefins, Polyvinyls &


    11. Fluoropolymers

    12. High Temperature/High

    Performance Polymers

    13. Elastomers and rubbers

    14. Environmentally friendly

    polymers (biosource and




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