Determination of compatibility in the amorphous phase for a two component blend is usually accomplished by analyzing for whether one notes one or two glass transitions. This can be complicated when one of the components is semicrystalline and its melting peak obscures the second glass transition. Quasi-isothermal differential scanning calorimetry (QiDSC) can be used to detect an obscured glass transition by allowing the semicrystalline component to melt and relax revealing the underlying glass transition of the other component. QiDSC is accomplished by performing a modulated temperature DSC experiment at a particular temperature and step ramping through the transitions of interest. For this study two systems are investigated. The first system is a model system based on a blend of polystyrene (PS) and a copolymer of vinylidene fluoride and hexafluoropropylene, P(VF2/HFP). The glass transition for the PS occurs at the same temperature as the melting point for the fluoro-copolymer. The second system is a fluoro-copolymer/acrylic dried latex. In both cases the hidden glass transition can be noted in the reversing heat capacity of the QiDSC analysis.
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