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Title: Influence of biological factors in aging of polymeric materials under natural environmental conditions
Authors: Lugauskas, Albinas
Jaskelevičius, Bronius
Levinskaitė, Loreta
Prosyčevas, Igoris
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Kaunas : Technologija
Citation: Lugauskas, A.; Jaskelevičius, B.; Levinskaitė, L.; Prosyčevas, I. 2004. Influence of biological factors in aging of polymeric materials under natural environmental conditions, Medžiagotyra. Kaunas : Technologija..10(1): 24-28
Series/Report no.: 10;1
Abstract: Two copolymers were investigated for long-term influence of environmental factors. The polymers were exposed in the open air, in a special containers kept in the open air and in damp cellar. Microbiological evaluation of the exposed materials showed that these copolymers were contaminated by micromycetes. Scaning electron microscopy allowed to observe abundant fungal growth with well developed hypha, spore producing structures and formed colonies. As these polymers are hardly available for fungi, their development was possibly determined by outer nutritional and energy sources – pollutants settled on the materials. The heaviest contamination of the materials was noticed in cellar conditions where constant high humidity prevailed. IR spectroscopy of the materials showed that tetrafluorine ethylene and hexafluorine propylene copolymer kept in the open air and containers did not undergo structural changes. Meanwhile, IR spectrum of the sample exposed in cellar, showed high changes in structure. The results allow to conclude that microorganisms could have an effect on materials deterioration and destruction processes.Structural changes of the copolymer of tetrafluorine ethylene and vinylidene fluoride were observed after exposure of its samples in the open air, where all environmental factors influenced, and in the cellar, where combined effect of humidity and microorganisms took place.
ISSN: 1392-1320
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