Degradation of polycarbonate sheeting on outdoor exposure. Relationship between changes in molecular weight and tensile properties

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TypeArticle
Journal titleMateriaux et constructions. Materials and Structures
ISSN0025-5432
Volume10
Issue58
Pages197204; # of pages: 8
Subjectpolycarbonate; weathering; glazings; crackings ( breaking); fracture strength; solar radiation; tensile strength; action des intemperies; vitrage; fissuration; resistance a la fracture; rayonnement solaire; resistance a la traction
AbstractTo obtain better understanding of surface microcracking of polycarbonate (PC) glazing during outdoor exposure, and to determine the effect of weathering on its fracture resistance, changes in molecular weight and tensile properties during outdoor and various artificial weathering were studied. During outdoor weathering, the ultimate elongation and ultimate tensile stress decreased showing that PC became less ductile and more susceptible to fracture. The occurrence of surface microcracking of PC is attributed to a combination of a decrease in ultimate tensile stress and ductility of surface layer due to UV radiation, and alternating stresses due, primarily, to temperature changes.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
IdentifierDBR-P-741
NRC number16318
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NPARC number20373815
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Record identifier981b5da4-9f4d-4732-b561-810f754f39bf
Record created2012-07-23
Record modified2016-05-09
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