Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch

Radiation Degradation

  • Jan W. Gooch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_9726

n Breakdown of a plastic caused by too long exposure to radiation, or to radiation of too high energy levels, or both. The radiation may be X-ray, electron, gamma, or neutron beams. The mechanism is ionization and chain scission (Mark JE (ed) Physical properties of polymers handbook. Springer, New York; Zaiko GE (ed) (1995) Degradation and stabilization of polymers. Nova Science Publishers, New York; Dissado LA, Fothergill CJ (eds) (1992) Electrical degradation and breakdown of polymers. Institution of Electrical Engineering (IEE), London).

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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  1. 1.AtlantaUSA