Potential damage to modern building materials from 21st century air pollution

Brimblecombe, P and Grossi Sampedro, CM (2010) Potential damage to modern building materials from 21st century air pollution. Scientific World Journal, 10. pp. 116-125. ISSN 1537-744X

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Abstract

The evolution of damage to building materials has been estimated for the 21st century, with a particular focus on aluminum, zinc, copper, plastic, paint, and rubber in urban areas. We set idealized air pollution and climates to represent London and Prague across the period 1950-2100. Environmental parameters were used to estimate future recession, corrosion, and loss of properties through published damage or dose-response functions. The 21st century seems to provide a less aggressive environment for stone and metals than recent times. Improvements in air quality are the most relevant drivers for this amelioration. Changes in climate predicted for the 21 st century do not alter this picture. On the other hand, polymeric materials, plastic, paint, and rubber might show slightly increased rates of degradation, to some extent the result of enhanced oxidant concentrations, but also the possibility of contributions from more solar radiation.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: Rosie Cullington
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2011 14:26
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2019 13:34
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/20247
DOI: 10.1100/tsw.2010.17

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