Viscoelastic behavior of partly decrosslinked polymer networks. I. Acrylic acid anhydride-crosslinked poly(ethyl acrylate)

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  • S. Yomoda,

    1. Materials Research Center No. 32, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015
    Current affiliation:
    1. Industrial Products Research Institute 21-2, 4-Chome Shimomaruko OTA-KU, Tokyo, Japan 144
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  • L. H. Sperling

    1. Materials Research Center No. 32, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015
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Abstract

Acrylic acid anhydride (AAA) and tetreathylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDM) were employed as labile and permanent crosslinking monomers for poly(ethyl acrylate), respectively. Upon partial or total hydrolysis of the AAA crosslinks, various states of viscoelastic creep and stress relaxation were brought about. The use of chemically active monomers for crosslinking permits new polymer structures to be synthesized. In this case, decrosslinking converts a thermoset polymer into its thermoplastic counterpart. The relationship between the present decrosslinking study and a new nomenclature theory of grafted and crosslinked polymers is explored.

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