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Testing plastics

From: Mark Clarke <markey>
Date: Sunday, July 23, 1995
Patricia L. Miller <plmxiha [at] prairienet__org> writes

>Is there an easy way to test "plastic" materials to see if they have
>plasticizers, etc.  Something like testing for pH in paper?  I'm
>thinking about bags, photo pockets, etc.  Probably too much to ask?

I have heard and seen that if you place a brittle plastic object so
it touches the material on trial, after a while (a couple of months)
the brittle object becomes plastic.  The example I saw was an eraser
and a transparent 12" ruler.

Not very scientific or rapid, but a good demonstration piece! (Good
luck with the search)

Mark Clarke
+44 171 277 1633

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