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Test Item Material Condition Summary
Test 1 full results Hardback book cover Buckram cloth Unstacked Not detectable after 1 day
Test 1 full results Softback book cover Trade paperback Unstacked Not detectable after 1 day
Test 1 full results Plain paper pages inside a closed book - Stacked, tested inside a book Not detectable after 3 days
Test 1 full results Plastic protective cover Biaxially oriented polyester film Unstacked Not detectable after 3 days
Test 1 full results DVD/CD case Polypropylene Unstacked Not detectable after 1 day
Test 2 full results Archival folders - Stacked Not detectable after 2 days
Test 2 full results Glossy pages As found in coffee table books Stacked Not detectable after 4 days
Test 2 full results Children’s board book - Stacked, tested inside the book Not detectable after 4 days
Test 2 full results Braille paper - Stacked Not detectable after 4 days
Test 2 full results Magazine pages - Stacked Still detectable on day 4
Test 3 full results DVD/CD case Polycarbonate Unstacked Not detectable after 5 days
Test 3 full results Storage bag Flexible plastic: Low-density polyethylene (LDPE), recycling #4 Unstacked Not detectable after 5 days
Test 3 full results USB cassette Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, specific blend Unstacked Still detectable on day 5
Test 3 full results Storage container Rigid plastic: High-density polyethylene (HDPE), recycling #2 Unstacked Still detectable on day 5
Test 3 full results Plexiglass Acrylic display cases and partitions Unstacked Still detectable on day 5
Test 4 full results DVD/CD case Polypropylene Stacked Still detectable on day 6
Test 4 full results Hardback book cover Buckram cloth Stacked Still detectable on day 6
Test 4 full results Softback book cover Trade paperback Stacked Still detectable on day 6
Test 4 full results Plastic protective cover Biaxially oriented polyester film Stacked Still detectable on day 6
Test 4 full results Expanded polyethylene foam 1-inch thickness Unstacked, open air Still detectable on day 6
Test 5 full results Leather book cover Leather Unstacked Still detectable on day 8
Test 5 full results Synthetic leather Expanded polyvinyl chloride (PVC) Unstacked Still detectable on day 8