An operating window, which is bounded by two temperatures and draw ratios, defines the stable and defect-free stretching region of a polymer film. Physical properties including the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE), birefringence, and Young's modulus of a recyclable polyimide (PIR) film were measured under stretching conditions. While values of birefringence and Young's modulus increased with increasing stretching stress in the machine direction, the CTE was found to decrease. A semiempirical model for the prediction of birefringence and Young's modulus under stretching conditions was developed, from which the CTE could be estimated from the Young's modulus data. Theoretically evaluated physical properties were found to be in qualitative agreement with the experimental data. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2011
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