• Be able to apply, explain, and describe various ways of protecting materials from their environment:

    • Be able to examine newly developed materials for sensitivity to damage from their use environment.

    • Be able to predict the effect of environmental changes.

    • Be able to choose coatings and surface films for protection.

    • Be able to use additives such as UV absorbers and free-radical traps.

  • Be able to describe the application of appropriate instrumentation for measuring changes in materials.

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