National Physical Laboratory

Polymer Degradation

Plastic bottles

"How long will it last?" is one of the most commonly asked questions and one of the most difficult to answer.

Whilst the life expectancy of products has traditionally been predicted from previous in-service experience, the use of polymers in more demanding applications requires a far better understanding of the failure mechanisms that determine a components life expectancy.

NPL's aims are to develop the test methodologies and models that are required to avoid the catastrophic consequences that can result from the failure of materials in a wide range of different commercial applications.

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For more information, please contact Tony Maxwell

Last Updated: 3 Apr 2012
Created: 31 Aug 2007

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