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Physical aging of an epoxy subsequent to relative humidity jumps through the glass concentration

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In our previous work, we showed that the structural recovery responses of an epoxy after relative humidity (RH)-jumps through the glass concentration have similar phenomenology to, but different kinetics from, those obtained by temperature (T)-jumps. In this article, we report results from physical aging experiments of the same epoxy after RH-jumps. The results show that time-RH superposition and time–aging time superposition can be used to describe the viscoelastic responses in RH-jump experiments. The similarities and differences between RH-jump and T-jump conditions are also presented. In addition, the difficulties in modeling the combined effects of temperature and relative humidity changes that result from these differences are discussed. © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part B: Polym Phys 42: 2107–2121, 2004

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