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Fracture behavior of heat treated liquid crystalline polymers

  • A. Reyes-Mayer (a1), B Alvarado-Tenorio (a1), A Romo-Uribe (a1), O Flores (a1), B Campillo (a1) and M Jaffe (a2)...

Abstract

Thermotropic polymers are thermally treated in air at temperatures T a , where ΔT =T a - T s→n =40°C, and T s→n is the solid-to-nematic transition. Samples are extruded thin films of a series of thermotropic random copolyesters termed B-N, COTBP and RD1000. The thermal treatment produces a second endotherm without changing T s→n for B-N and RD1000. However, for COTBP T s→n is significantly increased. Regardless of the complex thermal behavior exhibited by the thermotropes, the thermal treatment produces a significant increase in Young's modulus, more than 30% for B-N and over 100% for COTBP. The increase in mechanical modulus is correlated with a thermally-induced fiber-like morphology.

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Fracture behavior of heat treated liquid crystalline polymers

  • A. Reyes-Mayer (a1), B Alvarado-Tenorio (a1), A Romo-Uribe (a1), O Flores (a1), B Campillo (a1) and M Jaffe (a2)...

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