Handbook of UV Degradation and Stabilization

Handbook of UV Degradation and Stabilization, 1st Edition

Handbook of UV Degradation and Stabilization, 1st Edition,George Wypych,ISBN9781895198461


ChemTec Publishing



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UV damage is a perennial problem in products involving plastics. This book provides a professional reference guide to the selection and use of UV stabilizers to reduce the susceptibility of plastics materials and products to UV damage.

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Key Features

* A practical and comprehensive reference guide for engineers and scientists designing with plastics, and formulating plastics materials.

* Explains the effects of UV light on plastics, and how to mitigate its effects through the use of UV stabilizers

* Surveys the range of UV stabilizers on the market, and provides advice on their selection and use


UV and other forms of radiation cause severe damage to a wide range of materials from living organisms to manufactured products. Plastics materials and products exposed to UV light suffer weakening, discoloring and degradation. In this book, George Wypych provides a comprehensive reference guide to help those working with plastics to limit this damage and deterioration through the use of UV stabilizers.

The author begins with physics of radiation energy, transmission, and absorption and their effect on materials. The wide range of UV stabilizers available in the market is discussed in terms of their chemistry, physical properties, application specifics, and effects on health and environment. The mechanisms and functionality of stabilizers are discussed and explained through mathematical modeling. Stabilizers are evaluated from the point of view of their effect on other additives in mixtures, and on the efficiency of the materials they are used in. Suggestions are given regarding the selection of stabilizers for different products and polymers.


Engineers and scientists designing with plastics, and formulating plastics materials.

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: PVC Plastisols, (University Press); Polyvinylchloride Degradation, (Elsevier); Polyvinylchloride Stabilization, (Elsevier); Polymer Modified Textile materials, (Wiley & Sons); Handbook of Material Weathering, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Editions, (ChemTec Publishing); Handbook of Fillers, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Editions, (ChemTec Publishing); Recycling of PVC, (ChemTec Publishing); Weathering of Plastics. Testing to Mirror Real Life Performance, (Plastics Design Library), Handbook of Solvents, Handbook of Plasticizers, 1st and 2nd Editions, Handbook of Antistatics, Handbook of Material Biodegradation, Biodeterioration and Biostabilation, Handbook of Antiblocking, Release and Slip Additives 1st and 2nd Editions, Handbook of UV Degradation and Stabilization, PVC Degradation & Stabilization, The PVC Formulary, Atlas of Material Damage, and Handbook of Polymers (all by ChemTec Publishing), 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. He is included in the Dictionary of International Biography, Who's Who in Plastics and Polymers, Who's Who in Engineering, and was selected International Man of the Year 1996-1997 in recognition for his services to education.

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ChemTec Publishing, Ontario, Canada

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Handbook of UV Degradation and Stabilization, 1st Edition

Introduction; Effect of sunlight and various forms of radiation on materials; Properties of commercial UV stabilizers; Methods of control and analysis; Mechanism of actions; Compatibility with other components of formulation; Physical properties of stabilizers; Effect of stabilizers on performance of final product; Use of stabilizers in different industrial products; Use of stabilizers in different polymers; Effect of processing methods on stabilizer activity; Mathematical modelling in UV stabilization; Health and safety; Environmental effect
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