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Effect of damp-heat aging on the structures and properties of ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymers with different vinyl acetate contents

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  • Xu-Ming Shi,

    1. Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing 210009, People's Republic of China
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  • Jun Zhang,

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    1. Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing 210009, People's Republic of China
    • Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing 210009, People's Republic of China
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  • Deng-Ru Li,

    1. Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing 210009, People's Republic of China
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  • Shuang-Jun Chen

    1. Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing 210009, People's Republic of China
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Abstract

We reported herein the damp-heat aging of ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymers (EVA) with different vinyl acetate (VAc) contents simultaneously for weeks. The aging was carried out under temperature of 40°C and relative humidity of 93% in air atmosphere. The changes of copolymers' structures and properties were investigated by means of FTIR, wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and mechanical tests. CI values derived from ATR-FTIR spectra have a decrease when aging time is 1 week and then increase during damp-heat aging process which suggests the first loss then incorporation of O[DOUBLE BOND]C group. WAXD infer that the narrowing trend of FWHM and increase of crystal sizes may attribute to the melting and re-crystallization of secondary crystallization, which is also confirmed by DSC results. Mechanical tests including Shore A and Shore D hardness, modulus at 100%, tensile strength and elongation at break, are all depending on the primary crystallization and influenced little by damp-heat aging. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2009

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