A Quantitative Model for Weathering-induced Mass Loss in Thermoplastic Paints

  • Kurt A. Wood
  • Ségolène de Robien


Mass Loss Mass Loss Rate Paint Film Latex Film Pigment Particle 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kurt A. Wood
    • 1
  • Ségolène de Robien
    • 1
  1. 1.Arkema, Inc.King of Prussia

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