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The role of β relaxations in determining the compressive properties of an epoxy amine network modified with POSS and mono-functional epoxy resins

journal contribution
posted on 01.01.2021, 00:00 authored by Larry Reyes, Samuel SWAN, Houlei Gan, Seyed Mohsen Seraji, Jane ZhangJane Zhang, Russell VarleyRussell Varley
Presented here is an investigation into the glassy state molecular mobility of modified epoxy amine networks using sub-ambient β relaxations measured from dynamic mechanical relaxations and their relationship to compressive properties. Two classes of additives are used to modify the epoxy amine network, the first are bulky inorganic siloxane caged epoxy functional polysilsesquioxanes (POSS) and the second are mono-functional epoxy diluents. Different pre-reaction methods between the POSS and amine were used to maximise dispersion or improved covalent attachment within the epoxy amine network while the mono-functional epoxy diluents easily react into the network via simple blending. Despite the wide structural variations in modifier and result effects upon final structure, microstructure and properties, the glassy state molecular mobility as measured by sub-ambient β relaxations correlates strongly with changes in modulus and yield strain.

History

Journal

Polymer Testing

Volume

93

Article number

106873

Publisher

Elsevier

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0142-9418

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2020, Elsevier