Physical aging in poly(methyl methacrylate)poly(styrene‐co‐acrylonitrile) blends. Part II: Enthalpy relaxation

J. Mijović, T. Ho, T. K. Kwei

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Abstract

An investigation of the effect of physical aging on excess enthalpy of compatible polymer blends was carried out. Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and poly(styrene‐co‐acrylonitrile) (SAN) were chosen for this study. Blends of different ratios of PMMA and SAN were physically aged at different times and temperatures below their glass transition (Tg) and then subjected to enthalpy relaxation measurement in a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). An improved procedure was developed and, employed to analyze the data. The error associated with the calculation of the normalized deviation in enthalpy, known as the “Φ” function, was below 4%. The relaxation was observed to proceed faster at higher aging temperature. It was also found that at higher aging temperatures of Tg – 20 and Tg– 35°C, enthalpy relaxation in SAN‐rich blends proceeds faster than in PMMA rich blends, while at the low aging temperature of Tg– 50°C the rate of relaxation becomes independent of the composition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1604-1610
Number of pages7
JournalPolymer Engineering & Science
Volume29
Issue number22
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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