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Title: Melt behaviour of thermoplastic rubbers
Author: Canevarolo, Sebastiao V.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3518 7061
Awarding Body: Loughborough University of Technology
Current Institution: Loughborough University
Date of Award: 1986
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Thermoplastic rubbers have been shown to have unusual solid state properties which must derive from the structure of the melt prior to solidification. The melt phase has been studied in some detail. The molecular architecture of these block copolymers comprises of hard segments (usually polystyrene) connected by a flexible rubbery chain (polybutadiene or polyisoprene) in a linear or radial structure. Their flow characteristics have been studied and the results correlated with measurements in the solid state. They have been modelled mathematically based on two particular theoretical models. A liquid phase transition was recorded for both models, with appreciable reduction in the apparent activation energy of flow above this temperature. The quality of the domain structure depends on the continuity of the polystyrene phase and has been measured by the stress at yield and by the optical birefringence. A change in response was associated with the liquid-liquid transition.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Department of Education and Science ; CAPES (Brazilian Research Council) ; Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Elastomers