UV radiation is commonly used in germicidal lights in hoods and is a component of sunlight. UV radiation will have a severe deleterious effect on most plastics, especially polyolefins, including polyethylene (low density polyethylene (LDPE) or high density polyethylene (HDPE); polypropylene (PP), and polymethylpentene (PMP); and acrylics. Polystyrene (PS), polycarbonate (PC), and polyethylene terephthalate G copolymer (PETG) can withstand limited UV exposure. In general, the effects of UV can be seen as a color change; usually a darkening or yellowing, combined with an embrittling effect.
Title: Which Thermo Scientific™ Nalgene™ plastics are resistant to UV radiation?
Description: Effects of UV radiation on Thermo Scientific™ Nalgene™ products.
Last Edited: 12/28/2022
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