Gas solubility and permeability in MFA



An experimental analysis has been performed in this work, aimed to the characterization of thermodynamic and mass transport properties of a semicrystalline fluoro polymer (MFA) obtained from the copolymerization of tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) and perfluoromethylvinylether. Sorption and permeation experiments for two alkanes and corresponding perfluorinated compounds in MFA were performed at two different temperatures and solubility coefficients, as well as diffusivity and permeability, were determined. Experimental data were analyzed through different thermodynamic models to draw general conclusions about properties of MFA polymeric phases. Special attention was devoted to the glassy nature of MFA polymeric mixtures around room temperature. Indeed, analysis of experimental sorption data was performed through the use of specific models for glassy polymeric phases as well as by means of classical equilibrium models for fluid mixtures. Conclusions have been drawn from the aforementioned analysis, which significantly contributes to the discussion of correct location of glass-transition temperature for PTFE and its copolymers. © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part B: Polym Phys 45: 1637–1652, 2007