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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2017, Article ID 4205862, 7 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/4205862
Research Article

Multilayers Polyethylene Film for Crop Protection in Harsh Climatic Conditions

1Laboratoire de Génie Physique, Université d’Ibn Khaldoun, BP 78, 14000 Tiaret, Algeria
2Normandie University, INSA Rouen, UNIVROUEN, CNRS, PBS, 76000 Rouen, France
3Mechanical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, United Arab Emirates University, P.O. Box 15551, Al-Ain, UAE
4SAFE School, University of Basilicata, Via dell’Ateneo Lucano no. 10, 85100 Potenza, Italy

Correspondence should be addressed to P. Picuno; ti.sabinu@onucip.orteip

Received 7 December 2016; Accepted 10 January 2017; Published 30 January 2017

Academic Editor: Gianluca Cicala

Copyright © 2017 A. Dehbi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

In this work the performance and durability of a new generation of greenhouse covers, in which the cover is composed of five layers, are investigated. A sand wind ageing was performed under different exposure conditions. Surface morphology and chemical, physical, and thermal characteristics were investigated by using optical microscopy, FTIR, and tensile test techniques. In addition, the mechanical integrity of the five-layer film was assessed. The analysis indicated that the sand wind treatments have a significant influence only on the performance of the film. An attempt has been done to compare the properties of the five-layer film with the monolayer and trilayer films with or without air bubble under similar conditions. The results revealed that the five-layer film proved to be a promising greenhouse covering film.