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Plastic materials: polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

G. Akovali,     Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey

Abstract:

PVC is a ‘contested’ versatile material used in the construction industry. There is always a controversy about whether or not there are significant health risks associated with its use, because a number of toxic additives are involved, and hence there remains the question of whether the health risks of the use of PVC outweigh its many benefits. In the text, the applications of PVC in construction are reviewed and health concerns are briefly summarized. A brief discussion of the replacement possibilities is presented.

Key words

PVC

VCM

plasticizers

additives

safety

2.1 Introduction

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), or vinyl for ...

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