Anisotropy evolution of low density polyethylene greenhouse covering films during their service life

M. I. Babaghayou, Abdel Hamid I. Mourad, Vicente Lorenzo, S. F. Chabira, M. Sebaa

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Abstract

The primary focus of this work is to investigate the effect of service life photoageing on the anisotropy of the properties of the low density polyethylene greenhouse covering films. As these films are usually susceptible to mechanical loads in any direction during installation and service, the evaluation of these properties in different directions is of great importance for the greenhouse design and integrity. Unstabilized and stabilized blown extruded single layer films were exposed to natural weathering over several months. The chemical evolution of photooxidation products was evaluated using infrared spectroscopy, the structural evolution was monitored by X-ray diffraction and optical techniques, and the mechanical properties were measured in machine, transverse and intermediate directions. The results indicate that the photoageing significantly increases the film crystallinity, the crystal thickness and the optical birefringence. These structural changes do not only affect the mechanical properties of the film but also the mechanical anisotropy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-154
Number of pages9
JournalPolymer Testing
Volume66
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018

Keywords

  • Anisotropy of the properties
  • HALS additives
  • LDPE greenhouse film
  • Photoageing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics

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