Investigation of unstabilized polyvinyl chloride (PVC) for use as a long-term UV dosimeter: preliminary results

Amar, Abdurazaq and Parisi, Alfio V. (2012) Investigation of unstabilized polyvinyl chloride (PVC) for use as a long-term UV dosimeter: preliminary results. Measurement Science and Technology, 23 (8). pp. 1-7. ISSN 0957-0233


A new chemical UV dosimeter with a larger dose capacity than existing chemical dosimeters has been investigated for long-term UV measurements. Unstabilized polyvinyl chloride (PVC), cast in 40 µm thick film, has been found to respond to at least 745 SED (Standard Erythema Dose = 100 J m−2) of solar UV radiation, which is equivalent to about two to three summer weeks of exposure in subtropical sites. The UV-induced changes in the PVC dosimeter were quantified using a Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometer and the decrease in the absorption intensity of the 1064 cm−1 peak was employed to quantify these changes. Dose response curves have been established by relating the decrease in the PVC dosimeter's absorption intensity at 1064 cm−1 to the corresponding absolute and erythemal UV exposure dose.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2012 IOP Publishing Ltd. Permanent restricted access to published version, due to publisher's copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2012 01:46
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2014 05:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: soft matter; liquids and polymers; instrumentation and measurement; biological physics; medical physics; chemical physics; physical chemistry
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
10 Technology > 1004 Medical Biotechnology > 100402 Medical Biotechnology Diagnostics (incl. Biosensors)
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040103 Atmospheric Radiation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920203 Diagnostic Methods
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1088/0957-0233/23/8/085703

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