ASTM D5071 – 06 (2013)

oxo-biodegradables plastics – ASTM D5071 – 06 is the standard practice for exposure of photodegradable plastics in a xenon arc apparatus – oxo-photo biodegradable.

why should you test?

Standard tests, such as ASTM 5071 -06, should be carried out on the products made up of oxo-biodegradables in order to verify and fully understand the biodegradation process.  Due to the various catalytic additives added to plastics, the rate of degradation and how well it will degrade depends on the environment and if the correct factors are present.

ASTM D5071 – 06 (2013)

This method involves the conditioning of the photodegradable plastics in a xenon-arc weathering chamber for a period of time and periodically assess the degradation process compared with conventional plastics.

The degradation endpoint of the plastics can be determined by a tensile test revealing the change of tensile strength and elongation.  Other properties that can be measured are molecular weight, using Gel permeation chromatography techniques.

ASTM D5071 - 06 - accelerated weathering chamber

Why impact?

impact are a one stop shop. Our team have over 120 years of combined experience in the testing industry and can advise you on what type of accelerated weathering testing you need. No matter the question, product, or standard, contact us today for guidance on testing for your product. With our UKAS accreditation, we can test to anything that falls within the boundaries of our extensive flexible scope. impact will always do their best to help you with your testing needs and our experienced weathering consultant, Jo, will advise you on the best method of testing.

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