Effect of UV exposure on bimodal HDPE floats for floating solar application

Sahu, Alok K. and K., Sudhakar (2017) Effect of UV exposure on bimodal HDPE floats for floating solar application. Journal of Materials Research and Technology. pp. 1-10. ISSN 2238-7854. (In Press / Online First) (In Press / Online First)

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tKeeping in view the conservation of natural resources, the power generation from the solarphotovoltaic system is increasing day by day to meet the demand of energy worldwide.There are constraints of availability of space for ground mounted solar PV system for largeinstallations. In some countries water bodies are being utilized to install solar PV system toreduce land use. Few floating systems using plastics have been developed to install a solarpanel on it. After extensive literature studies on properties of polyolefins, High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is found to be better material for this purpose.In order to measure its sustainability, annotation of mechanical properties using bimodalpoly ethylene under accelerated weathering condition has been carried out in differentintervals till 1152 h, to perceive the lifespan of HDPE material. The change in its mechan-ical properties like tensile strength, elongation at break, maximum load bearing capacity,impact resistance and hardness were evaluated. It was observed that the tensile strengthwas reduced from 23.22 MPa to 14.64 MPa after accelerated UV exposure. It was observed thatafter 1000 h of exposure to accelerated weathering the material still has the tendency to holda constant load of 637.81 N without rupture, compared to non-weathered sample (955.16 N).The elongation at break was reduced but elongation of 6.24% was maintained after 1152 hof accelerated exposure, which depicts the elasticity of the material, is still maintained. Theimpact resistance did not show a significant change during this period, the value varies inthe range of 13.54–10.06 kJ/m2. However, the hardness was increased from 61 to 66 (Shore D)due to deterioration of low molecular weight polymer present in bimodal PE. It is concludedthat the mechanical properties of Biomodal HDPE material after accelerated UV exposuredoes not have much effect and is safe to bear the load of solar panels and other accessoriesmounted over it. Further studies can be done using UV stabilized biomodal HDPE.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Floating system; Biomodal; HDPE material; Mechanical properties
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Depositing User: Pn. Hazlinda Abd Rahman
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2018 06:57
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2018 06:57
URI: http://umpir.ump.edu.my/id/eprint/20786
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