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The present study was aimed to explore the impact of UV radiation, from ‘real world’ environmental exposure, on the degradation of plastic PET aerosol containers. Additionally, the intent was to correlate the ‘real world’ environmental exposure to artificial sunlight, using a Xenon-Arc lamp, to develop a simulated test. The standardized methodology could then be used to evaluate the integrity of the plastic aerosol container and product, without the complexity of using ‘real world’ exposure. Through this study, a lab method was developed and validated that would simulate the effect of UV radiation using the Xenon-Arc. Moreover, a correlation was made for conditions inside the Xenon-Arc chamber that were conducive to testing a plastic pressurized container.
Prater, Rodney L.; Manjeshwar, Priyan R.; Franckhauser, Andrew W.; Durham, Daniel J.; Stenmark, Niles G.; and McGrath, Daniel S.
"Study of UV Degradation on Plastic (PET) Aerosols,"
Journal of Applied Packaging Research: Vol. 12:
1, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholarworks.rit.edu/japr/vol12/iss1/8