Science Fair Projects

Effect of UV Light on Depressions on CH Plastic Films


The objective: The study of the effects of ultraviolet light on the depressions in CH (Carbon Hydrogen) plastic films takes place in this experiment.


I tested the CH film in a regular air atmosphere, a vacuum, an oxygen filled atmosphere, and a nitrogen filled atmosphere. There were two sets of plastic films; half of which were stored in a vacuum with no exposure to oxygen, and the other half were stored in the room. I also tested to see if thickness affects the depth of depressions as well as the effects of age.


It was noticed that the change in the O-H bonds, which is one of the reasons of the depressions, was the smallest in the oxygen-free atmospheres, which were the nitrogen filled atmosphere and the vacuum. It was also discovered that the variables of age and thickness were not factors of the depths of depressions, but rather due to chance.


The plastic films that were stored in the vacuum had smaller changes in the O-H bonds than the films that were stored in the room. The presence of oxygen over time has caused the film stored in the room to have a slight depression, even when in an oxygen free environment.

The CH plastic films were exposed to UV light in four different environments to determine if the combination of oxygen and UV light have an effect on the depths of depressions in the films.

Science Fair Project done By Anna M. Loch


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