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A decisive handicap in the use of plastics consists in that their characteristics may be subjected, compared with the time-dependent classical building materials, to considerably greater changes due to weathering which have defied exact specification so far.
The report gives a critical review of the development of test methods for the determination of natural and artificial weatherings and formulates suggestions for generally acceptable testing methods which include the knowledge gained so far. Weathering and test methods are proposed that provide for the use of plastics in building constructions.
accelerated aging, aging test, building materials, degradation factors, plastics, weathering, natural, artificial, weathering factors, durability
Diplomat-Engineer, Building Research Institute, Technical University of Aachen, Aachen,