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- Surface modification
- Modification of composition
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Any substance that tends to maintain the physical and chemical properties of a material. Degradation, that is, irreversible changes in chemical composition or structure, is responsible for the premature failure of materials. Stabilizers are used to extend the useful life of materials as well as to maintain their critical properties above the design specifications. Oxygen and water are the principal degradants, but ultraviolet radiation also can have a significant effect (photodegradation).
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