College of Engineering and Polymer Science
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Bachelor of Science
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As the ubiquitousness of polymers increases and begins seeing use in outdoor settings, the need to fully understand how these materials degrade is also necessary. This study aims to compare two known accelerated aging methods, namely an ultraviolet light chamber and a xenon arc light chamber, to understand what differences, if any, manifest in the mechanical, chemical, and cosmetic deterioration of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) after long-term exposure. The study utilizes Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, dynamic mechanical analysis, thermogravimetric analysis, and colorimetry analysis to determine the extent of degradation and potential discrepancies between the aging methods.
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McInnes, Collin, "Comparing Weathering Effects of Ultraviolet and Xenon Arc Accelerated Aging on Polyvinyl Chloride" (2023). Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects. 1744.