Surface coating deterioration studies

  • K.M. Davis

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


This project is concerned with the deterioration of surface coatings as a result of weathering and exposure to a pollutant gas (in this case nitric oxide). Poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) plastisol surface coatings have been exposed to natural and artificial weathering and a comparison of the effects of these two types of weathering has been made by use of various analytical techniques. These techniques have each been assessed as to their value in providing information regarding changes taking place in the coatings during ageing, and include, goniophotometry, micro-penetrometry, surface energy measurements, weight loss measurements, thermal analysis and scanning electron microscopy. The results of each of these studies have then been combined to show the changes undergone by PVC plastisol surface coatings during ageing and to show the effects which additives to the coatings have on their behaviour and in particular the effects of plasticiser, pigment and uv and thermal stabilisers.
Finally a preliminary study of the interaction between five commercial polymers and nitric oxide has been carried out, the polymers being polypropylene, cellulose acetate butyrate, polystyrene, polyethylene terephthalate and polycarbonate. Each of the samples was examined using infra-red spectroscopy in the transmission mode.
Date of AwardSept 1982
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorBrian Tighe (Supervisor)


  • goniophotometry
  • micro-indentation
  • recovery/time analysis
  • scanning electron microscopy
  • surface energyt measurements
  • poly(vinyl chloride) surface coatings
  • nitric oxide - interaction with polymers

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