Chemical, Radiometric and Mechanical Characterization of Commercial Polymeric Films for Greenhouse Applications
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Author/sFranco, John E.; Rodríguez-Arroyo, Jesús A.; Ortiz Rodríguez, Isabel María; Sánchez-Soto, Pedro J.; Garzón Garzón, Eduardo; [et al.]
In the agricultural sector, companies involved in the production of plastic greenhouses are currently searching for a suitable covering adapted for every climate in the world. For this purpose, this research work has determined the chemical, radiometric and mechanical properties of 53 polymeric films samples from Europe and South America. The chemical tests carried out with these samples were elemental analysis (C, H and N) and FT–IR spectrometry. The radiometric properties here studied were the transmission, absorption and reflection coefficients along the spectrum between 300 and 1100 nm. For the mechanical properties, tensile strength, tear strength and dart impact strength, tests were carried out. Finally, all these data were collected, and a multivariate statistical analysis was carried out using the SPSS statistical to group the samples into statistical groups adapted to specific climatic regions. The elemental analysis and FT–IR spectrometry allowed group the samples into nine g...
multivariate statistical analysis