Skip to page content
USDA Forest Service

Research & Development Treesearch

Treesearch Home
About Treesearch
Contact Us
Research & Development
Forest Products Lab
International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Pacific Northwest
Pacific Southwest
Rocky Mountain
Southern Research Station
Help - We Participate  Government Made Easy

Global Forest Information Service

US Forest Service
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C.

(202) 205-8333

You are here: Home / Search / Publication Information
Bookmark and Share

Publication Information

View PDF (103 KB bytes)

Title: Ultraviolet weathering of photostabilized wood-flour-filled high-density polyethylene composites

Author: Stark, Nicole M.; Matuana, Laurent M.;

Date: 2003

Source: Journal of applied polymer science. Vol. 90 (2003): Pages 2609-2617

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: Wood–plastic composites are being increasingly examined for nonstructural or semistructural building applications. As outdoor applications become more widespread, durability becomes an issue. Ultraviolet exposure can lead to photodegradation, which results in a change in appearance and/or mechanical properties. Photodegradation can be slowed through the addition of photostabilizers. In this study, we examined the performance of wood flour/high-density polyethylene composites after accelerated weathering. Two 24 factorial experimental designs were used to determine the effects of two hindered amine light stabilizers, an ultraviolet absorber, a colorant, and their interactions on the photostabilization of high-density polyethylene blends and wood flour/high-density polyethylene composites. Color change and flexural properties were determined after 250, 500, 1000, and 2000 h of accelerated weathering. The results indicate that both the colorant and ultraviolet absorber were more effective photostabilizers for wood flour/high-density polyethylene composites than the hindered amine light stabilizers.

Keywords: Polyethylene (PE), mechanical properties, degradation, composites

Publication Notes:

  • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.



Stark, Nicole M.; Matuana, Laurent M. 2003. Ultraviolet weathering of photostabilized wood-flour-filled high-density polyethylene composites. Journal of applied polymer science. Vol. 90 (2003): Pages 2609-2617


 [ Get Acrobat ]  Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility

USDA logo which links to the department's national site. Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site.