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The Long-Term Durability of Thermoplastic Bumpers

Properties of thermoplastic bumpers made of polycarbonate (PC) and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) blend were evaluated after several years of service in the field. In this study we measured the Izod impact strength, PC molecular weight, and melt flow rate of bumpers collected from various geographical areas in the U.S. Generally, the system had good impact resistance after more than five years of service in the field, retaining most of the original impact strength. There were small changes in PC average molecular-weights and melt flow rates. The results showed that changes depended on both exposure time and the weather conditions of the environment.