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.

Key Features

  • Essential data and practical guidance for engineers and scientists working with plastics in outdoor applications and products
  • New introductory chapters on weathering processes and the effect of light and heat on plastics
  • 25% new data


Plastics engineers, product designers and materials scientists.

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

Table of Contents

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1. Introduction to Plastics and Polymers Compositions

1.1 Introduction to Plastics and Polymers

1.2 Copolymers

1.3 Linear, Branched and Cross-Linked Polymers

1.4 Polarity

1.5 Unsaturation

1.6 Steric Hindrance

1.7 Isomers

1.8 Inter- and Intramolecular Attractions in Polymers

1.9 General Classifications

1.10 Plastic Compositions

1.11 Summary


2. Introduction to the Weathering of Plastics

2.1 Physical Processes of Weathering on Plastic Materials

2.2 Chemical Effects of Atmospheric Pollutants on Plastic Materials

2.3 Mechanisms of UV Stabilization

2.4 UV Stabilizers

2.5 Testing


3. Introduction to Plastic Properties

3.1 Introduction to the Physical, Mechanical, and Thermal Properties of Plastics and Elastomers

3.2 Appearance Properties

3.3 Mechanical Testing of Plastics

3.4 Thermal Property Testing of Plastics


4. Styrenic Plastics

4.1 Styrenic Plastics

4.2 ABS Copolymer

4.3 Polystyrene

4.4 SAN Copolymer

4.5 Acrylonitrile-Styrene-Acrylate


5. Polyesters

5.1 Polyesters

5.2 Liquid Crystalline Polymers

5.3 Polybutylene Terephthalate

5.4 Polycarbonate

5.5 Polyethylene Terephthalate

5.6 Polyethylene Naphthalate


6. Polyimides

6.1 Polyamide-Imide

6.2 Polyetherimide

6.3 Polyimide


7. Polyamides Nylons

7.1 Polyamides (Nylons)

7.2 Amorphous Polyamide (Polyamide Copolymers)

7.3 Polyamide 6 (Nylon 6)

7.4 Polyamide 11(Nylon 11)

7.5 Polyamide 12 (Nylon 12)

7.6 Polyamide 66(Nylon 66)

7.7 Polyarylamide

7.8 Polyphthalamide/High-Performance Polyamide



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About the author

Laurence McKeen

Larry McKeen has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin and worked for DuPont Fluoroproducts from 1978–2014. As a Senior Research Associate Chemist he was responsible for new product development including application technology and product optimization for particular end-uses, and product testing. He retired from DuPont at the end of 2014 and is currently a consultant.