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Abstract

Contraction and extension behaviors in water for drawn (four times original length) and annealed (at 60–215°C) thin films of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVAVTFA) derived from vinyl trifluoroacetate have been examined. At a constant temperature of 25°C, drawn films annealed at 60–190°C contracted after a certain standing time. Length of films annealed at 200°C did not change after standing of 20 min and film annealed at 215°C extended very little. As the temperature was raised, the drawn films annealed at 60–190°C contracted further until a certain temperature and then extended. The drawn film annealed at 200°C first started contraction at 70°C. The drawn film annealed at 215°C extended further very little until 75°C and then contracted very little until 99°C (in boiling water). In standing at 99°C, it contracted very little with standing and resisted without breaking for 300 min.