Degradation of Polymers


Dept. of Physical Science, Kakatiya Institute of Technology & Science, Warangal (A. P)



Polymer is a long chain molecule that is composed of a large number of repeating units of identical structure. Polymeric materials are used in nearly all areas of daily life and their production and fabrication are major worldwide industries. Polymers susceptible to attack by a wide variety naturally occurring and manmade agents during the period of application. Sometimes this degradation may limit the life time of the polymer and in some cases it may be desirable goal. A few factors of polymer degradation are discussed in this paper.


polymer degradation, polystyrene, polyethelene, thermoplastics, addition polymers, condensation polymers,nylon-6,6,adipic acid, hexamethylene, thermal degradation, mechano degradation, oxidative and UV degradation, hydrolysis, radiolysis.



International eJournal of Mathematical Sciences, Technology and Humanities

Volume 2, Issue 5, Pages:  937 - 940