On use of trilayer low density polyethylene greenhouse cover as substitute for monolayer cover

A. H.I. Mourad, A. Dehbi

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Abstract

Few attempts are available in the literature on utilising the trilayer low density polyethylene (LDPE) film as new generation of greenhouse cover to substitute the monolayer film that is often used. This paper investigates and compares the degradation behaviour and durability of both covers. The covers are exposed to 7 months of natural withering. The results revealed that the degradation resistance of trilayer film is better than the monolayer film in terms of their mechanical and optical properties. The service lifespan, based on 50% reduction in the property criterion, of the trilayer film is found to be double the service lifespan of the monolayer film.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-121
Number of pages11
JournalPlastics, Rubber and Composites
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2014

Keywords

  • Degradation
  • LDPE greenhouse cover
  • Mechanical and optical properties
  • Monolayer film
  • Natural aging
  • Service lifespan
  • Trilayer film

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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