Effect of photodegradation and biodegradation on the properties of packaging polyethylene film
The polyethylene packaging film was exposed to UV-radiation combined with or without soil microflora. Tensile strength was used as a measure of the film degradation. The results were analysed by means of the regression models. From the obtained results it follows that: 1) the soil microflora has statistically significant impact on the degradation of polyethylene film subjected to UV; 2) the tensile strength is a useful measure of the mechanical changes in the polyethylene film; 3) the 3rd order polynomial seems to bfe adequate model for describing the three-phase changes of the tensile strenght of polyethylene film subjected to UV radiation.