Accession Number : AD0773297

Title :   A Study of Some Factors Affecting the Photodegradation of Textile Yarns. Part I. The Spectral Distributions of Sun-Sky and Xenon-Arc Radiation,

Corporate Author : GUELPH UNIV (ONTARIO)

Personal Author(s) : Lock,Leona M. ; Frank,Grace C. ; Stevens,J. R.

Report Date : 18 OCT 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : A detailed study was made of the relative spectral distribution of sun-sky radiation at several times of day under various sky conditions from June to October 1971. A sufficient number of spectra were recorded to provide a statistically viable sample. Average spectral distributions for three daily time periods and four classes of sky conditions within four approximately monthly periods were calculated and compared. Radiation from a sunny-bright sky over the noon period gave a representative average and would be a reasonable standard sun-sky spectral distribution for comparison with artificial light sources. The relative spectral distribution of xenon-arc radiation in combination with various filters was monitored using the same spectrographic equipment. Comparison of the sun-sky spectral distribution with the xenon arc emission spectrum indicated that although agreement of the lower cut-off wavelength could be attained using Q/Q/WG filters. Xenon radiation was deficient above 3150 A regardless of the filter used. Infrared filters removed an undesirable amount of high energy radiation and would be likely to decelerate degradation. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Spectral energy distribution, *Sunlight, *Electric discharges, *Xenon, Ultraviolet radiation, Statistical analysis, Optical filters, Textiles, Yarns, Polyester fibers, Degradation

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE