Antioxidants are the additives commonly used in plastics to prevent or slow down the degradation of the polymer caused by exposure to heat, oxygen, and light. When plastics are exposed to these environmental factors, they can undergo oxidation, leading to the formation of free radicals that can cause chain scission, discoloration, and loss of mechanical properties.
Antioxidants work by reacting with free radicals to neutralize them before they can cause damage to the polymer. This helps to extend the useful life of the plastic and maintain its performance over time. Antioxidants can be added to plastics either during the manufacturing process or after the product has been produced.
The effectiveness of antioxidants in plastics depends on various factors such as the type and amount used, the polymer's properties, and the environmental conditions. It's crucial to avoid overusing antioxidants, as this may result in unintended negative effects such as decreased processing stability or poor adhesion of the plastic to other materials.
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