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Keywords:

  • cationic polymerization;
  • epoxy resins;
  • hyperbranched;
  • reworkability;
  • shrinkage

Abstract

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The effect of the degree of branching (DB) of a hyperbranched polyester (GBPEX) added as a modifier of new thermosets obtained from diglycidylether of bisphenol A has been studied. The use of ytterbium triflate as cationic initiator allows the hydroxyl chain-ends in the GBPEX to become covalently linked to the matrix through the monomer activated propagation mechanism. The curing process has been studied by DSC and rheology. The DB of the modifier does not affect appreciably the thermal stability and the chemical reworkability but shrinkage exhibits a significant reduction on increasing the DB. Thermomechanical characteristics are also improved with increasing the DB of the modifier.