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Binary blends of poly (ether sulphone) (PES) and Nylon-6 were prepared in a whole range of composition by melt extrusion. Miscibility behaviour of the blends were studied using thermal analytical techniques like differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA). Due to the rapid crystallization of Nylon-6 as it is cooled from the melt state, its glass transition behaviour could not be detected even in the quenched samples by DSC. Furthermore, the crystallization and melting behaviour of the blends have been studied by DSC. DMA results show that the dynamic storage modulus of the blends were in-between those of the constituent polymers. Also the glass transition of Nylon-6 phase as determined by the peak in loss tangent remains constant which shows that the two polymers are immiscible. Thermal expansion coefficient of the blends as determined by TMA is greater than that of Nylon-6 signifying the increased dimensional stability of the blends at higher temperatures. Morphological studies done by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) show the biphasic nature of the blends, with clear cut boundaries between the phases because of poor interfacial adhesion. Dispersed particle size is small when Nylon-6 is the dispersed phase because of its lower melt viscosity as compared to PES. Thermal stability of the blends was measured using thermogravimetric analysis (TG). Two-step decomposition behaviour was observed because of macro-phase separated morphology.

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Using dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) we have studied the variation with the frequency of the dynamic mechanical properties (storages modulus,E'; loss modulus,E'' and loss tangent or tan σ) for a system containg a diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA) and 1,3-bisaminomethylcyclohexane (1,3-BAC). These properties were measured both in the glass transition and β transition regions. An increase in frequency caused a shift of tan σ peak positions in both regions toward higher temperature. Finally, we report the activation energies of a DGEBA/1,3-BAC expoxy system for α and β transitions.

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Thermally stimulated recovery, TSR, like as thermally stimulated depolarisation currents, is a suitable technique that allows for the study of conformational mobility in polymeric systems. Due to its relatively low equivalent frequency and transient nature, the viscoelastic data obtained from this technique are complementary to conventional dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA). In this work TSR-like experiments, including TSR, thermally stimulated creep and thermal sampling (TS) experiments were carried out in the same commercial DMA equipment, allowing for the direct comparison of the data. Some advises for running TSR experiments are presented, such as the need of performing blank experiments and temperature calibrations. The analysis of the data to obtain the thermokinetic parameters of TS experiments is revised. In particular, from the direct fitting of the data, it is reported a tendency for a linear relationship between the pairs of values of (E a, log τ0) that best adjust any TS single experiment. It is concluded that the usual equation for describing TS experiments possesses an intrinsic compensation between these two thermokinetic parameters.

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Cellulose acetate-based polycaprolactones (CAPCL's) were synthesized by the polymerization of -caprolactone which was initiated by non-substituted OH group in cellulose acetate. The CL/OH (mol mol–1) ratios of the CAPCL's were changed from 2 to 20. Thermal and viscoelastic properties of the CAPCL sheets were studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA). Glass transition, cold crystallization and melting were determined by DSC. Dynamic modules (E'), dynamic loss modules (E'') and tan were measured in a temperature range from –150 to 50°C by DMA. Apparent activation energy of a dispersion was calculated from the frequency dependency of E'' peak temperature. It was found that the main chain motion of both CA and PCL is observed in a CL/OH ratio from 0 to 10 mol mol–1. However, when CL/OH ratio exceeds 10 mol mol–1, the crystalline region which is rearranged by the PCL chain association is observed and only the main chain motion of PCL can be detected.

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In order to obtain the exact information of atomic number density in the ternary system of HNO3−UO2(NO3)2−H2O, the densities were measured with an Anton-Paar DMA60/602 digital density meter thermostated at 298.15±0.01 K. The apparent molal volumes for the systems were calculated from the experimental data. The present measured apparent molar volumes have been fitted to the Pitzer ion-interaction model, which provides an adequate representation of the experimental data for mixed aqueous electrolyte solutions up to 6.2 mol/kg ionic strength. This fit yields θV, and ψV, which are the first derivatives with respect to pressure of the mixing interaction parameters for the excess free energy. With the mixing parameters θV, and ψV, the densities and apparent molar volumes of the ternary system studied in this work can be calculated with good accuracy, as shown by the standard deviations.

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Scintillation cocktail components were studied with regard to their impact on pulse decay discimination (PDD) and hence the separation of alpha from beta activity, using a Packard 2250 CA /. Di-isopropyl naphthalene (DIN) was found to be the most suitable solvent, both from safety considerations and also the fact that it acts in a very similar manner to naphthalene in stretching the pulses produced at the photomultiplier tube anode and hence enhancing the separation. Increasing the surfactant concentration and the use of dimethylanthracene (DMA) as secondary fluor degraded the cocktail's performance. PMT anode pulse shapes were found to be a useful indicator of PDD efficiency but could not give a quantitative guide.

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Inorganic arsenic, MMA, DMA and arsenobetaine (As) were separated by the use of cation and anion exchange chromatography combined with neutron activation. Two complementary approaches were used: firstly, authentic, non-irradiated arsenic compounds, either singly or in mixtures, were separated and NAA of the fractions used as an element specific detection method. Secondly, the arsenic compounds were neutron irradiated under different conditions and for different times and the products separated and quantified. The76As labeled species (mono-, di and trimethylated) were then additionally used to calibrate and improve the column separations. Using the separations developed, arsenic species in samples of shrimps and the standard reference material DORM-1 were determined, after an extraction step, using ion exchange chromatography followed by INAA of the fractions collected.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: M. Mato, S. Cebreiro, J. Legido, and M. Paz Andrade

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Experimental excess molar volumes for the ternary system {x 1MTBE+x 21-propanol+(1–x 1x 2)nonane} and the three involved binary mixtures have been determined at 298.15 K and atmospheric pressure. Excess molar volumes were determined from the densities of the pure liquids and mixtures, using a DMA 4500 Anton Paar densimeter. The ternary mixture shows maximum values around the binary mixture MTBE+nonane and minimum values for the mixture MTBE+propanol. The ternary contribution to the excess molar volume is negative, with the exception of a range located around the rich compositions of 1-propanol. Several empirical equations predicting ternary mixture properties from experimental binary mixtures have been applied.

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Thermal analysis on influence of compatibilizing agents

Effect of vulcanization of incompatible elastomer blend

Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: K. Pandey, K. Debnath, P. Rajagopalan, D. Setua, and G. Mathur

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Studies have been made on differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TG) and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) of binary blends of isobutylene-isoprene (IIR) copolymer and polychloroprene (CR) elastomers. Blends of IIR and CR are incompatible and showed separateT g peaks in DSC curves similar to Tanδ peaks. However, addition of chlorinated polyethylene (CM) elastomer, as compatibilizer, imparts miscibility between IIR and CR which could be judged both through DSC as well as by dynamic loss measurements (Loss modulusE″ and Tanδ). The storage modulus (E′) showed variation of stiffness due to structural changes associated with the addition of compatibilizer. TG plots for these blends showed improvement of thermal stability both by addition of a suitable compatibilizer as well as due to formation of crosslinked structures associated with the vulcanization of the blends by standard curative package.

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Photo-initiated polymerisation of dimethacrylate oligomers provide an easy method for producing highly crosslinked polymer networks. The physical properties of the material are dependent on the polymerisation conversion value. The determination of this conversion value is quite difficult on the final product. The first step is to measure a characteristic temperature of the glass transition. The weakness of the DSC glass transition signal makes this measure unrealisable while the DMA tan peak is broad and weak. At the difference of these two thermal analysis techniques, TSDC gives an observable signal and a Tα temperature close to the glass transition temperature region. The bad sample preparation reproducibility observed was attributed to the high conversion rate.

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