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Materials Science and Engineering

2011

Epoxy

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Aspects Of Network Formation And Property Evolution In Glassy Polymer Networks, Andrew Thomas Detwiler Sep 2011

Aspects Of Network Formation And Property Evolution In Glassy Polymer Networks, Andrew Thomas Detwiler

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Experimental and theoretical characterization techniques are developed to illuminate relationships between molecular architecture, processing strategies, and physical properties of several model epoxy-amine systems. Just beyond the gel point partially cured networks are internally antiplasticized by unreacted epoxy and amine which leads to enhanced local chain packing and strain localization during deformation processes. Additional curing causes the antiplasticization to be removed, resulting in lower modulus, density, yield stress, and less strain localization. Physical and mechanical probes of network formation are discussed with respect to several different partially cured model epoxy-amine chemistries. The non-linear fracture energy release rate and the molecular architecture ...