Handbook of Material Weathering - 6th Edition - ISBN: 9781927885314, 9781927885321

Handbook of Material Weathering

6th Edition

Authors: George Wypych
eBook ISBN: 9781927885321
Hardcover ISBN: 9781927885314
Imprint: ChemTec Publishing
Published Date: 1st March 2018
Page Count: 950
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Handbook of Material Weathering, Sixth Edition, is an essential guide to the effects of weathering on polymers and industrial products, presenting theory, stress factors, methods of weathering and testing and the effects of additives and environmental stress cracking. The book provides graphical illustrations and numerical data to examine the weathering of major polymers and industrial products, including mechanisms of degradation, effect of thermal processes, and characteristic changes in properties. The book also discusses recycling, corrosion and weathering, and the weathering of stone. This sixth edition updates this seminal work with recent developments and the latest data.

Polymers and industrial plastics products are widely used in environments where they are vulnerable to the effects of weathering. Weathering stress factors can lead to deterioration or even complete failure. Material durability is therefore vital, and products for outdoor usage or actinic exposure are designed so that the effects of artificial and natural weathering are minimized.

This book is an important reference source for those involved in studying material durability, producing materials for outdoor use and actinic exposure, research chemists in the photochemistry field, chemists and material scientists designing new materials, users of manufactured products, those who control the quality of manufactured products and students who want to apply their knowledge to real materials.

Key Features

  • Offers detailed coverage of theory, stress factors and methods of weathering
  • Provides specific information and numerical data for 52 polymers and 42 groups of industrial products, including characteristic changes and degradation mechanisms
  • Discusses major additional topics, such as weathered materials for recycling and the interrelation between corrosion and weathering
  • Provides graphical illustrations and numerical data to examine the weathering of major polymers and industrial products


Engineers, researchers and technicians in the plastics industry

Table of Contents

1. Photophysics
2. Photochemistry
3. Parameters of exposure
4. Measurements in assessment of weathering conditions
5. Climatic conditions
6. Methods of outdoor exposure
7. Laboratory degradation studies
8. Weathering cycles
9. Sample preparation
10. Weathering data interpretation, lifetime prediction
11. Artificial weathering versus natural exposure
12. Effect of weathering on material properties
13. Testing methods of weathered specimen
14. Data on specific polymers
15. Date on specific products
16. Effect of additives on weathering
17. Effect of environmental stress cracking
18. Weathering of compounded products
19. Recycling
20. Interrelation between corrosion and weathering
21. Weathering of stones


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About the Author

George Wypych

George Wypych has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. His professional expertise includes both university teaching (full professor) and research and development. He has published 18 books, 47 scientific papers, and he has obtained 16 patents. He specializes in polymer additives, polymer processing and formulation, material durability and the development of sealants and coatings.

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ChemTec Publishing, Ontario, Canada