Aging behavior and lifetime modeling for polycarbonate
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In this paper, polycarbonate (PC) as a material candidate for solar absorber applications is investigated as to the aging behavior at different temperatures in air and water. The aging conditioning was performed in air in the temperature range from 120 to 140 °C and in water between 70 and 95 °C. Tensile tests were performed on unaged and aged PC film specimens at ambient temperature using strain-tobreak values as a performance indicator for the degree of aging. For PC the effect of aging was found to strongly depend on the aging conditions. Activation energy based lifetime prediction models according to various methods described in the literature were applied. The activation energies and corresponding lifetime predictions for the temperature range from 40 to 60 °C in water and from 90 to 110 °C in air derived from these models are compared and interpreted as to their practical relevance.